Minister for Lands & Physical Planning

Special Purposes Lease for UN

Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Lands & Physical Planning, presented the lease to Gianluca Rampolla, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in a recent ceremony held at the office of Lands Department.

The issuance of the lease is a milestone for the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Papua New Guinea.

K6bn in land claims: Lands Minister

However, Minister for Lands & Physical Planning, Justin Tkatchenko, believes 80 percent of them are fake.

He revealed this in parliament on September 6th when asked by Komo-Margarima MP, Manasseh Makiba.

Makiba said he is facing difficulty in expanding programs in his district due to issues regarding land acquisition and compensation.

He said landowners were claiming exorbitant compensation amounts.

A result of these claims has resulted in the shutting down of the Komo International Airport.

​Dept to transform settlements to suburbs

This was stated by the Minister for Lands & Physical Planning and member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko, during his official parade visit to the electorate yesterday at the Badili Police Station.

Speaking to the families of police officers and the people of Moresby South, he assured them that as of last week, the NCD Governor and he have set up the NCD Land unit and that this week, the department will be looking at transforming settlements into suburbs.