LAE (MOROBE) - A former Morobe Land Board member and Lae businessman are calling on the Surveyor General to publicly clarify who owns a portion of land at the Lae’s old airport.
Last week, Lae businessman, Johnny Ross, took the Angau Management to court over the land portion that has also been claimed by Angau.
Three days ago, Morobe Governor Kelly Naru said that a new lands board would be sworn in to handle backlog of land issues piled after the board was dismantled in 2012.
“There will be a swearing in of a new Morobe Lands Board around next week,” he said.
But the new land board may not be sworn in because, Peter Seske, a former Land Board Member has gone to court to stop the new board from taking office.
Seske went to court over his unpaid entitlements; he wants to make sure that the provincial government pays him before the new board takes office.
While the court case drags on, confusion is mounting over the legitimacy of land portions ownership in and around Lae City in particular, certain portions at the old Lae Airport.
Seske says the old Morobe Lands Board is aware of the rezoning of the old airport for commercial use.
Earlier the land was earmarked by the government in the late 1990’s for government institutions such as health and police.
There is currently, an ongoing court battle between Angau’s hospital’s management and a businessman Johnny Ross who claims legitimate ownership of portion section 375 Allotment 6 opposite the Angau Hospital.
Seske confirmed on Thursday that the portion of land owned by Johnny Ross is already gazetted and that it was done at the PNG Lands Department in Port Moresby.
“Allotment 6 is from the Lands Department in Port Moresby,” said Seske.
Both Seske and Ross have called on the Surveyor General publically clear the air about section 375 and all its allotments inclusion in the rezoning of the entire old airport for commercial use. [EMTV]