AOG ASSOCIATION REQUESTED TO STOP EVICTION
Prime Minister, James Marape has requested Assembly of God Boroko Association Incorporation, title owner of Garden Hills, to stop its court-ordered eviction against the settlers.
And that, PM Marape wants AOG church leaders to work with the Lands Department and City Hall to ensure a relocation plan is in place for those who are to be displaced.
In a press statement this evening, the Prime Minister said today, after news of Garden Hills eviction came out yesterday, that his instructions are now with the Department of Lands to find vacant state land and put into motion the relocation of settlers as part of the program to convert settlements into suburbs.
This is government policy and in line with the National Capital District Commission efforts to convert settlements to suburbs for existing settlements.
The Prime Minister said people who are misplaced would be relocated properly if they are employed or have lived in city for more than one generation.
I understand the frustrations proper title holders have with respect to settlements over their respective titles but ample warning and time must be given to people as well as working with city authorities to ensure minimal or no social and welfare issues will affect displaced families, especially at this time of Christmas. For Garden Hill, I have been informed of the court order and have instructed my office to intervene to halt the eviction until we are able to move the people properly to new sites if they are employed or have SMEs.
“For those second to third generation settlers, we will also give due consideration.”
“Recent city immigrants will be relocated back to their respective home districts so we can ease pressure on the socio-economic life in Port Moresby,” said PM Marape.
Meanwhile, PM Marape is setting up a task force to be headed by the Housing and Urbanization Minister to look into converting settlement properties into titled properties for those who can fully justify their living in cities and towns.