Lae Councilor calls for removal of settlement

Ward Two councilor of the Lae Urban Local Level Government, Carol Yawing has supported calls by Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie for the removal of illegal settlements.

This follows the ongoing problems associated with Banana Block situated at the 7th street in the heart of Lae city.

Recently during the Independence day, a fight broke out between Engans and Southern Highlanders which has created problems for the community especially a residential area where highly tax payers reside.

“The government must seriously come down hard and evict these illegal settlements causing unnecessary problems.

“How can there be a settlement in the heart of the city, It’s a nightmare especially when this is a river side state land,” Ms Yawing said.

Yawing said the provincial government must do something and remove the illegal settlements in the city which is also a threat to investors trying to invest in the community.

It is believed an eviction was to be carried out sometime back but a restraining order was taken and Cr Yawing is angry the person who took out the order should come out and solve the problems being faced.

“Whoever that guy is who took the matter to court to stop the eviction should come out and sort these illegals problems at Banana Block,” Yawing said.

Yawing had been up and about with Police during the five days of fighting and she said it had been so frustrating seeing knife wielding men walking onto the main Cassowary Road causing tense among the community.

 

Picture caption: Ward Two Councillor Carol Yawing on the left.

Author: 
Wendy Katusele