‘Failed’ PNG Program To Register Land Titles Expecting Changes

Lands Minister:  LEaP program is a National Government initiative that was established in 2010, the system had not been working properly and it was costing the department and the government millions to maintain

By Miriam Zarriga

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 21, 2017) – The LAGIS Enhancement and Application Program (LEaP) has been described as a failure as it has been unable to do what its primary role was and that is to register land titles across the country.

Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko said that the system had not been working properly and based overseas it was costing the department and the government millions to maintain.

“It has not been registering land titles and that has to be rectified immediately.”

“I will be looking at getting a new system that is in-house, meaning a company will be given a contract to maintain the system here in PNG, the LEaP program is an important component of the Lands and Physical planning department.”

“It allows for easy access to land titles by individuals who can easily come in give their section and lot number and be given a copy of the title quickly,’ Minister Tkatchenko said.

We need experts in land registry to work with the department to help us to get the system back on track, this system plays an important role in the department and is a system to electronically store all information Minister said.

I will be working closely with the Solicitor General, Chief Secretary, the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council to make the necessary changes he added.

The LEaP program is a National Government initiative that was established in 2010 and is based on the property and rating (P & R) system which involves data cleansing, data conversion, User Acceptance Testing and Electronic Content Management.

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