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Papua New Guinea

LOs appeal for government assistance to return home

THE PNG LNG upstream facility landowners from Hides in Hela Province are calling on the State and its agencies, Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited and Mineral Resources Development Company to help them return home.

The landowners said they flew into Port Moresby last December and have lived in the city for almost 10 months and have incurred well over K4 million in accommodation, hire cars and living expenses.

The facility landowners, led by John Parilia, Gabriel Hapia, Mathew Yape, Tiki Yuli, Tara Aliwa, Enopi Aralu and Wakima Pipe, said they came after the K15 million project security payment but the funds have been disbursed to individual landowners rather than the signatories of the land on which the conditioning plant is situated.

The leaders said what has been given and shared has been done by the landowners but the facility landowners have missed out on the project security funds and want the state to help them fly home by releasing some funds from their development levies, the infrastructure development funds or high impact program funds to help them to settle their outstanding incurred bills and to pay for their tickets back home.

“We are not asking for something that is not ours. What we want is for the State and its agencies to release some of our rightful funds to settle our bills and return home,” they said.

“The people we owe monies cannot allow us to go home without repaying them so we make this humble appeal to release some of our funds so we go back home as we have already incurred K4 million.

“We are not against anyone, not even ExxonMobil, the State, KPHL or MRDC, all we want is for them to release some funds so we return home.

“What was paid and who benefited is something we do not want to fight over, it is gone. We assure the State, its agencies and the developers that we support the project.

“We also support the Hides PDL 7 special purpose authority and we will continue to work with them to support the project, but help us to be repatriated back home.”

The landowners said they are the signatories to the land lease agreement on which the PNG LNG facilities are situated at Hides 4 and as a partner in development, they want the government to be considerate of their appeal to go back home.

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