John Rosso

Lae MP concerned with evictions

Rosso returned after three months of being away from his district as he was attending to his obligations as Lands Minister, including one month of COVID-19 hospitalisation. 

After opening the Unitech-Tent City Road on Thursday, the 1st of April, he met with Lae media on Saturday and shared his views on matters affecting Lae city.

Lands dept looks at providing affordable housing

Minister John Rosso made their intention known during a recent press briefing in Port Moresby.

Creating affordable housing in PNG’s urban centres is a complicated and daunting task considering the large number of squatters on State land, land ownership issues, the connection of utilities and reticulation on the land itself.

Minister Rosso said this is why the department will be entering into a partnership with NASFUND, Nambawan Super and Comrade Trustee Services to avail land for titles to be issued to public servants, taxpaying citizens and super fund members.

Pilot project to commercialize customary land

Lands Minister John Rosso announced this during a presentation to the Port Moresby Chamber of commerce and Industry.

Rosso said the pilot will be conducted using the existing provisions in the Land Act 1996.

He said the pilot project is in recognition of the fact that State land is all but exhausted in all urban centers and the demand for land by both the State and the private sector are on the increase and encroaching on customary land

The pilot will be tested in Port Moresby, specifically the Napa Napa area, and will generate the templates for application;

Lands Minister warns settlers

Minister Rosso clarified an undeveloped land does not give anyone the right to settle on it.

He further warned Members of Parliament not to encourage people in urban centres to illegally claim land.

He was responding to a question raised by Moresby North-East MP John Kaupa regarding portions of land in his electorate.

Minister Rosso responded by putting his fellow MP on notice for supporting illegal land grabbing.

He stressed to parliamentarians that the Department of Lands will be keeping a tight lid on illegal land grabbing across the country.

Locals urged not to sell land

Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, John Rosso, said as PNG is venturing into the future, urban electorates would be impacted with new changes taking place and thus lands should not be sold.

“Land is a very sensitive issue; we need to speak in a holistic manner that every person should work together to solve those problems,” he stated.

One of the main challenges faced by the Government is the issue of locals selling their land then blaming the government.

“Our land, our life, our future lies in our hands; we should take care of it.”

Land summit resolutions endorsed by Govt

The national land reform program phase II was launched in Port Moresby on the evening of October 17th.

During the launch in Port Moresby, Prime Minister James Marape said every Papua New Guinean is a landowner.

“We all own land which is a valuable and central asset to our societies,” he said.

“Land reform is a vehicle for ordinary Papua New Guineans to constructively engage in the opportunities that will be provided through successful implementation of this reform.

Minista i lukluk long pasin bilong stilim graun

Em i tok pasin bilong stilim nating graun em i kamap bikpela long Lae na nau Minista i laik lukluk long en.

“Mipela bai lukluk long Lae long sekim ol stilman bilong graun. Bai mipela sekim ol fail bilong ol, mipela bai lukluk long olgeta pak o ples bilong stap malolo na ol narapela hap bilong gavman long Lae. Em bai namba wan wok mi bai wokim long kisim bek ol samting bilong gavman long wei bilong lo,” Rosso i mekim dispela toktok long taim em i kisim opis long Tunde dispela wik.

Minister takes tough stance against land grabbing

“All the illegal land grabbers, we’ll be going through all their files, all the parks and everything in Lae will be our first order of business, (which) is take them back and they will be done properly in the legal way,” said Rosso during the handover- takeover of the Lands Ministry on Tuesday.

Minister Rosso says he will be working close with Minster for Housing and Urbanization, Justin Tkatchenko, to give titles to locals living in National Housing Corporation properties.

Markham collision: Lae MP sends sympathies

The MP says while road conditions are often responsible for road accidents, it is avoidable if drivers are careful.

He says it’s about drivers driving safely, carefully and within the speed limits.

With sketchy facts, the MP did not want to comment further.

The road accident on Saturday caused 7 deaths and 21 injuries, with 4 people still admitted at the hospital and 1 in critical condition.

It was the result of a collision between a 15-seater PMV bus and a five door vehicle travelling up to Nadzab.

Rosso: NHC Lae acted in isolation

Meantime an internal investigation is looming for this state agency, NHC Acting Managing Director, Kenneth Cooke is traveling to Lae to address it.

On Tuesday, Minister responsible, John Kaupa maintained that the issue of eviction notices on tenants in Lae did not come from his ministerial office, nor headquarters.

The Minister said he has always spoken on humanitarian grounds; that every citizen has a right to decent housing.

He said what transpired in Lae, was unacceptable.