Lands Commissioner halts fishy land deal at Henderson

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COMMISSIONER of Lands, Allan McNeil has refused to grant a Fixed Term Estate title to Chengs Construction Ltd for a land at Henderson.

This was after Levers Solomons Ltd Board Director, Patrick Wong reportedly requested former Commissioner of Lands (COL), Nelson No’oapu to give consent to transfer FTE to Chengs on November 30, 2018.

As a result, No’oapu granted LSL to transfer FTE to Chengs.

Robert Mani, who owns a consulting firm and engaged by Chengs to follow up on the FTE transfer, said the current COL, McNeil has refused to grant the title.

Mani said this is not right because Chengs had already paid $450,000 including a hilux for LSL in 2019.

“Why did McNeil turn down the grant when both former Commissioner and LSL has agreed on the transfer already?” he asked.

“Who will change the money Chengs paid to LSL?”

Mani said McNeil needs to sort this out otherwise he is not fit for that position.

However, McNeil says the consent letter was forged.

“Take a close look at the parcel number.

“Transfer instrument forged, Wong’s signature is photocopied and no company seal,” he said.

McNeil said Levers has no intention of selling to Chengs.

“I’ve reported this to Police last week,” he said.

Island Sun checked with Chengs and the company confirmed that Mani represents them in pursuing the transfer of the FTE title from Levers to the company.