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Tkatchenko to fight at all cost to win back Ela Beach land for the people

Staff Reporter 9/08/2015 | | |
The Minister for Sports and National Events, and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko was left shocked and disappointed to learn that a portion of the Ela Beach land was granted as an underwater lease to private individuals.
This has left Minister Tkatchenko to raise serious concern in the manner in which the piece of land was awarded to Awak Holdings Limited through the Department of Lands with total disregard for the Public and city’s Recreational Areas.
“Ela Beach is an Iconic Beach for the people of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby and Moresby South. That beach belongs to nobody rather than the people of Papua New Guinea. It is state land, open space and recreational,” said Minister Tkatchenko.
He said a K50million development of Ela Beach going through next year to NCDC to upgrade the whole of Ela Beach starting from the Koki Fish Market all the way to where the piece of land has been developed. He asked the question of how the company bought off this piece of land as it was never up for sale.
“This is not on for me. I will fight until we get this beach back for the people of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby and Moresby South no matter who are, it’s not for one individual it’s there for the people,” he explained.
“These land is not for any individuals to steal and make millions of Kinas from. People are greedy, so they’re stealing public space for their own personal greedy game. I won’t allow that to happen on my watch."
"As a member for Moresby South, any public open space being stolen, I will fight to get it back for my people,” added the Minister."

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