Stakeholders told to work together

The National,Friday June 24th, 2016

AN executive of a landowner company involved in the development of the Turubu Oil Palm project in East Sepik is calling for cooperation from all stakeholders.
Limawo Holdings chairman Aaron Malijiwi says the multi-billion kina project was almost completed and ready for the first export next year.
He was concerned that oil palm fruit bunches are already rotting away, as the developer was yet to build a mill.
He urged landowners and directors to put their differences aside and work with the developers.
“All landowners and directors under my leadership must put aside any differences and cooperate with the developer and investor to ensure much needed benefits for the people of Turubu and the Sepik plains, East Sepik and the wider revenue inflows for the country,” he said.
Malijiwi said the country was faced with a cash flow situation due to world market conditions and such projects cannot be hampered by few people.
He said directors must be bold and stand behind him to ensure the first export shipment from their oil palm was successfully made on schedule next year.
The Government appropriated K2 million in 2014 for the initial development of the project in recognition of its value and importance.
Malijiwi thanked both the national and provincial governments and appealed for their continued support.
The project currently involves 56 incorporated land groups (ILGs) and covers 10,000 hectares but extends to Sepik Plains covering an area of 80,000 hectares.
“I brought the project to Turubu local level government, Wewak in 2005 and the project is my brainchild,” he said.