Yawe urges govt to honour agreements

Business, Normal

The National, Wednesday 1st May 2013

 LANDOWNER leader Paul Yawe has thrown his support behind Hela Governor Anderson Agiru who is urging the government to honour its various agreements on the LNG project.

These include the Kokopo memorandum of agreement, umbrella benefit sharing agreement and landowners benefit sharing agreement.

Yawe represents the people of Fasu and South East Mananda in the Moran petroleum project area through the Aporo Urri Resource Owners Association.

He said many landowner groups including the Aporo Urri Resource Owners Association in Kutubu had missed out on the recent infrastructure development payout.

Yawe who also represents PDL 2, Moran PDL 5 and 6 said the landowners were wondering when the Southern Highlands provincial administration, Hela provincial administration and the national government would pay them.

Yawe is also a company director for Petroleum Resources Moran, a subsidiary company of Mineral Resources Development Company. 

The government signed a K50 million deal with the oil landowners to support infrastructure development projects

What is troubling Yawe is that in 2010, K15 million was disbursed but Moran PDL 5 did not receive a toea.

“We have been fighting for recognition even going further back 12 years,” he said.