Perhaps the one group of people that will ensure a project or development get off the ground are the landowners and as such deserve the appreciation and support from the state and developers of a certain project taking place on their land.
That was the case for landowners of the proposed P’nyang gas project in Western province when the Petroleum Minister Mr. Kerenga Kua, thanked them for their support in having the agreement finally signed to pave way for the development of the next LNG project.
“The landowners and the leadership from the province, they are the most important people in this whole thing,” said Minister Kua.
“We can talk about the project and other issues, but if we cannot connect it to the ground then it won’t work. I find the landowners of Western province in this instance to be of great support.”
The minister added that they have been supportive in the process of getting the agreement signed and have always respected the process.
Meanwhile, Minister Kua also extended his gratitude to the Western Governor Toboi Awi Yoto, for his supporting role as well in seeing the project eventually signed.
“His also been exceptional in his support for the project, he said the things that needed to be said and allowed the project to continue.”
This support eventually led to the project agreement signing after two years and four months of negotiations between the state, the developers, and the landowners and provincial government of Western province. The signing took place on Tuesday 22nd February at the Government House in Port Moresby