Sir Leo made the remarks when presenting ILG certificates to five clans in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, recently.
He urged them to take part in the development of the province and country as a whole.
“I am urging the ILGs to work together with the Provincial Government, Local Level Government and the Mayors so that they can be recognised in service delivery.”
He said the ILG certificates now gives the registered clans license to participate in development and stressed that it is the way forward for the government to empower them with resources through financing.
Sir Leo also urged all the clans to come up with business proposals and start making use of the opportunity given to them.
He said with the Government policy on private partnership, the registered clan would participate more meaningfully and benefits a lot from either leasing their land to Government for development or creating business opportunities.
However, he strongly discouraged clans receiving certificates to use as advantage to start selling their land rather than developing it.
“The certificates you received are not for selling your land. It is for you to participate and take ownership of your land,” he said.