Dept of Lands still issuing SABL leases

24 Aug 2012

PNG Exposed Blog

Despite a government Moratorium and a Commission of Inquiry the Department of Lands is still issuing Special Purpose Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL) over customary land.

Two of the latest were announced in the National Gazette on 27 July. Covering an area of 21,520 hectares and  16,830 respectively, the two leases in the Tufi area of Oro Province have been granted for a term of 50 years and rent free.

The Commission of Inquiry, which has yet to present its final report, found widespread illegality in the granting of SABLs covering a total land area of more than 5 million hectares.

Clearly the new government’s promises of effective action on corruption will be seen to be meaningless unless they do something immediately to stop this FRAUD.