"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Leaders warn against SoE

The National, Wednesday 28th March 2012

THREE landowner leaders in the PNG liquefied natural gas area warn that a proposed state-of-emergency (SoE) by the government will not solve their problems.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had last Sunday mooted the idea after project developer Esso Highlands demobilised its workers at Hides 4 in Komo, Southern Highlands, following interruptions by the landowners at the site forcing the stoppage of work.

He said it was to protect the multi-billion kina PNG LNG project.
The national executive council is expected to meet today to decide on the state-of-emergency issue in the Southern Highlands province.

PDL 7 landowners Henry Parillia from the Taguali Kamia clan, Tom Ekanda, from the Tukuba Takopali and Ega Ango from Kele Takaya clan said there was no need for a state-of-emergency.

The landowners said their demands had been given to the relevant authorities and a state-of-emergency would only be seen as intimidating.

They said it would not be in the best interest of the people as the government should have addressed their grievances.

They claimed the government was protecting the interests of foreign investors. They wanted O’Neill to sack the petroleum and energy minister for his lack of direction.

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