**** GOVT TO PAY WHEN LANDOWNER IDENTIFICATION PROCESS IS COMPLETE ****

A Government delegation team is scheduled to travel up to Hides tomorrow to meet with disgruntled landowners and address the current situation in Hela province.

The government delegation team will be led by Minister for Petroleum, Hon. Nixon Duban, Minister for Finance, Hon. James Marape, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, Petroleum Acting Secretary David Manau, MRDC Managing Director Augustine Mano and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Managing Director, Wapu Sonk will travel up to Hela Province to meet with disgruntled landowners.

Minister for Finance, Hon James Marape said landowners’ equity totaling K350 million will be paid in royalty payments to respective landowners once the landowner identification process is complete.

The landowners will get their money from the national government and also state owned agencies. The current government under Peter O’Neill is putting systems in place to address landowners and their issues.

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