The National, Monday 6th May 2013
By ELIAS LARI
PETROLEUM development licence (PDL) 9 landowners from Juha in Western are claiming they have not received any benefits since the LNG gas project started.
Village chiefs, community leaders and councillors Mark Yande (Dapo clan), Juha Lyon, (Dapo clan), Jackson Tosi (Soabi clan), Moiyu Max (Soabi clan), Timothy Tosiga (Soabi clan) and Tioma Wologa (Wambi clan) were blaming “paper landowners” who were “enjoying themselves in Port Moresby”.
“We have formed 18 companies and an umbrella company but have not received any seed capital or other benefits to venture into business activities,” Yande said on behalf of the leaders in Mt Hagen.
They wanted an investigation done to determine where all the funds paid out so far had gone to.
“This is very serious as people in the village have no idea where money paid for our benefits had gone.”
“This is something new and we are now calling on the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Petroleum and Energy Minister William Duma to send in an investigation team to investigate where the benefits have gone to,” Yande said.