PAPUA New Guinea community advocacy group Act Now! has welcomed the recent suspension of Lands Secretary Romily Kila Pat but says his replacement, Luther Sipison, must act immediately to cancel the unlawful Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs).
"We are pleased to see the government finally taking action by suspending the Lands Secretary but we are still waiting for the illegal SABL leases, many of which were signed off by Kila Pat, to be cancelled," said Effrey Dademo, Act Now! program manager.
It is now more than two years since the reports of the Commission of Inquiry identified the SABL leases were unlawfully issued but the government has still not cancelled any of the illegal land deals which total more than five million hectares.