Posted By Staff Reporter
Soon after the announcement of the completion of the work done by the Special Agriculture Business Lease Task Force last week. Oro Governor Gary Juffa was glad that the Government has finally broken the silence on the ongoing issue of SABL scam. It is crucial to inform all concerned Papua New Guineans because the issue has affected many resource owners and key stakeholders who have given up land in the name of socio-economic development and prosperity but have received little or nothing at all from the land agreements surrounding the 99 years lease to foreign companies.
He questioned why the Government had to form another task force team to look into the SABL issue when a commission of enquiry into the SABL deals in 2013 was done.
He said it has become common for the Government to furnish reports and commend each other for doing that without taking firm and immediate steps to address this issue while locals are feeling the brunt of the leases and illegal exploitation of resources on their land. It is believed that legislative amendments will soon follow the findings of the task force team.
“ What I am scared about is legislative amendments. They said they might change amendments but if they make legislative amendments to endorse what this criminals are doing that’s frightening.”Juffa said.
Juffa said all business especially logging companies who are operating illegally should be dismantled.
“Can you imagine how many logs have been shipped off while we are complaining and forming committees?” Juffa said.
He revealed that one out of the seventy five leases was identified as a legitimate lease that went through the normal processes to obtain land for business development.
He said parliamentary members have the reports but are doing little to address the concerns of the people in their electorate.
The overarching question now that the report are already here is for the Government and departmental and province heads concerned to take some drastic measures to solve this issue.
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