Housing Minister John Kaupa said the National Housing Corporation has identified two portions of land that are available to be given for the construction of a new national and supreme court building in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
He was responding to questions from Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu, on his ministry’s commitment to allocate NHC land for a court house to serve Eastern Highlands, Chimbu and Jiwaka provinces.
“We have land issues which after my consultation and request to the Chief Justice and national and supreme court, they have given us the green light that there will be a supreme court in Goroka, but land is the biggest problem and we are looking for land,” Mr Numu said.
“After my consultation with you during your visit to Eastern Highlands you promised that you will allocate land which will cater for the Supreme Court. What is the progress of this arrangement in regard to the property owned by NHC?”
Mr Kaupa said last year he went for the launching of Daulo district five year development plan and Mr Numu approached him for NHC land for a court house in Goroka.
“He asked me for land and after Daulo I came and checked some of our land at Goroka which NHC owns, and now where the current court house is and at the back has NHC land. I made the commitment and I came and checked three portions of land people have already bought. Two allotments are still there, and I have asked the NHC to see how we can give the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government the land.
“We are about to complete the process to transfer to EHP provincial government to put up a Court House to serve our people in the highlands, and I will announce that in two weeks time,” Mr Kaupa said