By Eddie Tanago Paine
Eddie Tanago's blog
Forest Clearing Authorities are being unlawfully used to facilitate large-scale logging operations by foreign-owned logging companies according to a new report published today by ACT NOW!, in collaboration with Jubilee Australia Research Centre.
The new report, which focuses on the Wammy logging operation in West Sepik Province, reveals how a Malaysian logging company has used a Forest Clearing Authority (FCA), intended to allow land clearing for agriculture or other land use projects, as a front to export hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of round logs.
Rimbunan Hijau (RH) Group (From"The New Timber Baron Report")
Eddie Tanago, Campaign Manager
While we celebrate 47 years of political Independence, we must acknowledge the fact that as a Nation we have failed to fulfil our development aspirations and we should reflect on the reasons why this is so.
Why have our social and economic development outcomes fallen so short of what we dreamed was possible, despite the fact that our Nation is so richly blessed in natural resources?
The answer is that our failures have mainly been caused by successive governments choosing to follow the wrong development model.
Source: Papua New Guinea Today
Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil speaks out about re-couping the K780 million that was stolen and those implicated prosecuted as it is sad that after 5years nothing has been done and no one prosecuted yet!
Source: Papua New Guinea Today
By: Eddie Tanago and Jimmy Kalebe
TURUBU AND SAUSSO landowners in East Sepik Province have celebrated over the weekend after the National Executive Council and national court decision that nullified portion 144c.
More than 1500 landowner representatives gathered in a peaceful celebration last Saturday in Wewak to inform the authorities, company officials and other landowners that portion 144c is now revoked.
Source: Post- Courier
THE title holders of the 29 revoked special agriculture and business leases (SABL) have 14 days to hand in their original title copies, says the secretary of the department of lands and physical planning.
Secretary Romilly Kila Pat said that the department was given directives by the national executive council (NEC) as per their decision 184/2014 approving to revoke all SABLs recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (COI).
An NGO in Papua New Guinea says the Prime Minister's announcement that controversial land leases will be scrapped needs to be followed up with action.
Peter O'Neill has announced that Special Agriculture and Business Leases obtained illegally will be cancelled and provisions in the Land Act which allowed for SABLs to be granted, abolished.
He's acting on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the SABLs which was presented to the government nearly a year ago.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his government is serious in implementing recommendations made from the Commission of Inquiry.
His comments come after cabinet acted on the recommendations of the Special Agriculture Business Lease inquiry, cancelling more than 70 of the licenses.
It also comes at a time when his Commission of Inquiry into the Paraka saga almost got him arrested.