Exxon monitors peaceful protest

ExxonMobil PNG is continuing to monitor a peaceful protest at Komo, in Hela Province, which has blocked access to the airfield.

A spokesperson informed this newsroom following Komo-Margarima MP, Manasseh Makiba’s recent statement in parliament that the airport was shut down due to claims of outstanding land use compensation.

The spokesperson said ExxonMobil respects the right of individuals to protest but unlawfully preventing access to important infrastructure is not the way to constructively resolve issues. 

“We encourage everyone to work together to resolve this situation promptly and in an amicable manner. 

“While this is primarily a matter between the landowners and the government, we are doing everything we can to help facilitate communication between all parties. 

“We are committed to maintaining a positive relationship with landowners, the government and the wider community,” said the spokesperson.

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Cedric Patjole