Wampar landowners urged not to sell land

Momase, Normal

The National, Thursday October 24th, 2013

 WAMPAR people in Huon Gulf have been warned not to sell land to outsiders for fast cash.

Instead, they should incorporate, register and use their land in a meaningful way to benefit them in the long run.

High-impact project manager Government and Community Affairs Thomas Nori was speaking to leaders from Yalu, Munum, Nasuapum and Gabmazung on Tuesday.

“Lae city will be expanded towards Nadzab Airport therefore the government’s initiative to construct a new four-lane highway to cater for the busy traffic.

“After the road, electricity, water and telecommunication services will follow to satisfy human needs along the highway,” Nori said.

He said outsiders would rush in to secure customary land from the Yalu Bridge to Nadzab and build infrastructure to increase socio-economy activities. He warned the landowners to be careful.

“The customarily land could be valued at say K100,000 today but after 10 to 15 years, it could be worth a million,” Nori said.

Gabmazung Primary School board chairman Linny Sommers urged the government to ensure that land surveyors were stationed at local level government stations to advise locals.