PNG LNG Landowners Call For Fair Representation On Leadership Committees

Claims that the absence of proper clan vetting could lead to cooption of committees 

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, December 21, 2016) – The facility owners of the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP) and the pipeline facilities in the Hides PDL 7 project area have raised concerns that they have been overlooked by the minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban in appointing the leadership committees.

The landowner leaders from the Tuguba Tagopali and Haija clans in the Hides PDL1 and PDL 7 project areas expressed their grievances yesterday after sighting in the two dailies that the committees did not represent these two major clans.

Mr Malcolm Barney Paijako said his Tuguba Tagopali clan owns the biggest proportion of the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and the longest stretch of the PNG LNG pipeline in the PDL 7 project area and yet his clan is over looked in terms of leadership representation in the equity companies.

“Although we appreciate the government’s positive approach in fast-tracking landowner issues, we also query why the government cannot physically come and identify the principal PNG LNG facility owning clans” said Mr. Paijako.

Haija clan leader, John Honale said that in the absence of a proper clan vetting, anybody with money or has close connections with politicians and bureaucrats can handpick leaders anyhow and over look the real genuine landowners on the ground.

The leaders said that their people were the worst affected by the PNG LNG project compared to any other project areas as they were resettled in other areas to allow for the project and to be neglected leadership representation again is very unfair.

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