Ministry of Lands to retrieve Henderson land after illegal sale
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey embarks on retrieving a Fixed Term Estate, FTE, allegedly sold by its suspended Commissioner to an Asian.
The piece of land is located next to the Aeronautical Telecommunication Station, along the main road at Henderson Airport.
Permanent Secretary of Lands, Stanley Waleanisia said they are looking at the legal processes of retrieving the FTE.
“On taking back the land it is also a legal process where the three Ministries, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Lands and Ministry of Civil Aviation are looking strongly to resume it back under public interest.
“It is highly like that the land will be retrieved back fro Civil Aviation. We are looking at the legal processes available to take it back from the Asian.”
He said the Ministry has suspended seven of its officers in relation to illegal land sales last year.
While the matter is still being investigated, Chinese development at the site seems uninterrupted.
But Mr Waleanisia added, their concern is with the land and not the development, saying it is under the Guadalcanal Building and Development Board’s jurisdiction.
“We have suspended people as result of this case. Nelson Nauapu was involved and he was suspended, another worker at the Guadalcanal Province office was also suspended.
“So we suspended seven people already last year concerning this issue.”
“The Commissioner of Lands Nelson Nauapu was involved in the issue, it started from the previous Commissioner Silva Dunga.
Police are also investigating it so i don’t want to talk about the case.”
By: Charlie Piringi