AN ILLEGAL settlement near the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea in Lae is impeding the institute’s development.
Graham Bidang, the institute’s acting director, said yesterday that the settlers were illegally occupying the institute’s portion of land, near the Kamkumung Bridge.
Mr Bidang said the settlers illegally occupied the land in the year 2000.
“The settlers make banana gardens, and then they build their houses in the banana gardens, hiding their settlements away from the public’s view,” he said.
He said the institute planned to extend their fence to cover the land now occupied by the settlers. But in 2009 the settlers took the institute to the Lae District Court.
“The court ruled in our favour and advised the settlers to vacate the land,” said Mr Bidang.
“If the settlers don’t move out, we will get a warrant from the court for the police to conduct an eviction,” Mr Bidang said.
He said the Lae District and Morobe Provincial Government administrations had been informed of the institute’s plight.
Lae District Administrator Robin Calistus also warned that government authorities will evict settlers living illegally on state lands in Lae.
Lae Lord Mayor Koim Trilue Leahy reiterated that the settlers were not allowed to live on State land.
“It’s forbidden for people to settle in these areas,” he said, “especially when it belongs to a school.
“They should vacate these areas by now or the government will evict them.”
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