THREE tribes in Munda, Western Province have offered 250 meters of their land for the expansion of the eastern end of Munda International Airport.
The Iqu, Sasamara and Daga tribes offered 250 meters of land to the government following a high level consultation meeting held in Munda between officials from the Prime Minister Office (PMO), Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID), Ministry of Lands and Housing and Ministry of Communication and Aviation on Wednesday this week.
A Munda resident Brian Beti told The Solomon Star yesterday two other meetings were held at Kokeqolo United Church Head Quarter and Kekehe Community.
“Thousands of people surrounding Munda turned up during the meeting. People and landowners are happy with the outcome of the consultations.
“The three tribes that willingly surrendered their lands for the extension of the airport have unanimously shown support towards the government’s efforts to complete the project successfully.
“It was a big decision for the people because they agreed to relocate from the areas to make way for the expansion.”
Mr Beti said extension work into the offered lands will start as of next month.
He said the tribes who were offering their land are agreeing to remove their houses and property out from the area being earmarked for the airport expansion.
By DENVER NEWTER