The National – October 3 2014
THE United Nations has hailed the resettlement project for displaced Paga Hill settlers at 6-Mile as a “role model” for PNG.
United Nations resident coordinator Emansu-Roy Trivedy thanked all those involved in it after individual blocks of land at 6-Mile were handed out by Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC) to the resettled households from Paga Hill.
“What a fantastic example has been set,” he said.
“It has been a long journey, 10 years, for people to come and find land to live on.
“It is an example not only for Papua New Guinea but for the world.
“Across the world, many communities are often resettled, but it rarely happens in this way where they are given a block of land to live on.
“Today is a time to celebrate and on behalf of the United Nations in Papua New Guinea, we are really pleased and privileged to be here for this historic occasion.
“This is a brilliant example and we hope that this community will go from strength-to-strength, and in a year’s time, we’ll have more children in schools, electricity, services being provided and links with the police and the NCDC.
“It is supported by the local MP (Labi Amaiu), which is really, really unusual worldwide.
“We feel that Papua New Guinea is making history, not just for Papua New Guinea but for the world.
Hundreds of people, including those resettled from Paga Hill, existing settlers and guests packed the land at 6-Mile, known as Tagua, for the occasion.
Guests included Moresby North-East MP Labi Amaiu, Trivedy, French Ambassador Pascal Maubert, NCD-Central police commander Jerry Frank and other members of the police hierarchy, Korobosea customary landowner Martin Maraga Tabu and former Moresby-South MP Dame Carol Kidu, who had worked hard to make the project become a reality.
Chief executive of PHDC Gudmundur Fridriksson said it had been a long and difficult journey to get this far where his company formally assigned rights to 14ha of land to the individual families that had moved from Paga Hill.