NBC News | PNG Today | June 12, 2017
Landowners in the Central Province are set to close down the PNG LNG site on today over unpaid compensations demands since 2014.
They held a meeting with representatives from operator ExxonMobil, Department of Petroleum and Energy, PNG Ports and Police yesterday.
The meeting was to stop the people, comprising four beneficiary villages of Papa, Lealea, Boera and Porebada from staging their protest.
However, landowner spokesman and Association Secretary, Robert Kauga said, their minds are made up and they won’t back down on their decision to carry out the protest until the government pays them their outstanding royalties and equities.
Mr. Kauga said the people are already fed up with the continuous lies and promises of payment by the government.
“They are admonishing us not to stage the protest but we cannot back down now, we have already prepared everything,”he said.