Royalty payments to be released after proper clan-vetting process done
The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says royalty payments for landowners of the PNG LNG project will only be released after proper landowner identification is completed through the clan-vetting process.
O’Neill said this in Parliament yesterday when responding to questions from Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua.
Kua said the Government had not honoured most of its landowner commitments under the umbrella benefit sharing agreement (UBSA).
That included non-payment of royalties and equities, infrastructure development grants, business development grants and the seven per cent equity participation.
Kua asked O’Neill whether Government had delivered all these commitments to the people of Hela and Southern Highlands.
The prime minister said his Government was committed to honour all commitments made by previous governments, “some of which are very misleading to landowners”.