Government transfers 97 PE Land Titles to the Makira Ulawa Provincial Government
The National Government has officially transferred 97 Perpetual Estate land titles held by the government to the Makira Ulawa Provincial Government.
In a brief official transfers ceremony, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made the announcement during the Makira Ulawa Provincial Second Appointed Day celebrations today.
“The land being transferred now includes the whole of Kirakira township, as well as lands at Ngorangora, Pamua, Waimasi, Faghani, Namuga, Ghupuna, Malaulalo, Alangaula, and Moli on Ulawa Island. In total there are 97 Perpetual Estates being transferred,” said Prime Minister Sogavare.
Prime Minister Sogavare said, the transfer process has been a long journey but with the support and hard work of expert government officials, the task has been achieved.
The Prime Minister has advised the Premier and his Assembly to manage the lands well and in the best interests of the people of Makira Ulawa Province with an eye on the future development for generations to come.
“Please ensure that you carry out due diligence in assessing potential lessees, that they have the financial capacity and local support to carry out their development projects, otherwise these lands could continue to lie idle for years to come.”
He encouraged the Makira Ulawa Provincial Government to continue to consult with the National Government to help identify the best ways to utilize these lands in the best interests of the people of the province.
Prime Minister Sogavare also thanked the Commissioner of Lands for his hard work and commitment to ensure that the transfer happens.