Manam Resettlement Authority

Manam resettlement audit done

Minister for Finance, Renbo Paita, stated this in Parliament last week after being questioned by Bogia MP,  Robert Naguri.

Member for Bogia,  Robert Naguri, questioned on the floor of Parliament on the status of the funding for the relocation of the Manam people.

Fairweather’s resignation applauded

MPSDA chairman, Henry Konaka, said: “It is unfortunate that despite Fairweather’s well intentioned decision to accept the Chairmanship, financial and political support was lacking. It is a relief and good news for the displaced people as we start the New Year 2020. There has barely been any progress since the enactment of the MRA in April 2016, apart from the slow process of board member appointments and the interim management arrangements.”

Nevertheless, Konaka thanked Fairweather for his leadership during the last twelve (12) months.

Work to start on Manam resettlement sites

Initial improvement and construction work is expected to get underway at the Bogia District administration headquarters, which is anticipated to also house the operational office of the Authority.

Priorities for the Manam Resettlement Authority are the establishment of the Bogia station and commencement of civil works on the section of the access roads to the Andarum Resettlement area.

Chairman Ken Fairweather said contracts for these two priority areas have been awarded.

Manam Resettlement Bill expected in parliament

The bill was to be tabled in parliament in July however Madang leaders were asked by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to have the bill refined and then presented when Parliament sits on October 27th.

More than 10, 000 Manam islanders continue to live in care centres on three plantations in Bogia.

They have been waiting for resettlement for 11 years.

The proposed Manam Resettlement Authority functions as stated in the bill are to:

•Identify and acquire land for resettlement of displaced persons, including negotiating with landowners in Anduram: