ACT NOW! for a better PNG | May 6th 2011
Posted by Effrey
ACT NOW! has congratulated the Acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, on his announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into Special Purpose Agriculture and Business Leases and an immediate moratorium on any further deals.
“We applaud the Acting Prime Minister for recognizing these leases have been abused and the potentially devastating impacts they have on the lives of so many people,” said ACT NOW! Program Manager, Effrey Dademo.
“The Acting Prime Minister has made a brave decision to take action and we hope this indicates that under his leadership the government is going to finally get tough on the fraud and corruption that are crippling our Nation”.
SABLs have been used to take control of over 5 million hectares of land away from local people in the last few years. This means more than 10% of Papua New Guinea’s total land mass is now under the control of corporations.
“Control of land has been taken away from local people, often without them even knowing what has happened”, said Ms Dademo, “this is not about development for local people as some people have claimed. What has been happening is land theft".
ACT NOW! is calling on the Acting Prime Minister to ensure the Commission of Inquiry is independent and properly resourced so it can identify those responsible for abusing our laws and protect landholders by reforming the system for the future.