has owed former Solomon Mutual Insurance (SMI) now called Provident Property
Limited (PPL) at Town ground about $627,000 in unpaid bills.
This forced the company to lock up the building from the former employees of the defunct Bureau for Social and Economic Reform set up under the National Coalition for Rural Advancement Government (CNURA) by former Prime Minister Danny Philip.
of PPL, Gabriel Suri said he gave the instruction to the board because $447,000
was an outstanding invoice from September 2011-2012.
another $180,000 is yet to be paid from February to March which should bring
the total of amount of unpaid bill to $627,000.
second reason is because Government has not signed any new tenure agreement
with us,” he said.
willing to talk with Government if it settles in full the unpaid rental,” the
former Attorney General said.
the Customary Land Reform Unit, Andrew Nori said the closure has affected his work
to complete this Government’s programme.
the Prime Minister Office promised to offer a space for him but said it was
the PMO is full of political appointees and caucus,” he said.
stationeries and toner have run out since February.
sure there is an office space for me at the PMO,” the private lawyer said.
“I am not
complaining but because I am working at my home now.
family is not happy because it’s a government work that needs to be taken care
of,” Mr Nori said.
Reform Unit is to research into rules of custom that
apply to land tenure will allow people to read and understand the rules.
The research project was in
line with the Government's policy to codify customary land laws and have them
elevated to statutory status.
It intended to target all ethnic groups and regions in the country.
However, following the downfall of Philip last November, his successor,
Gordon Darcy Lilo decided to strip off the Bureau and allowed the line Ministries
to take up its work.
Secretary to Prime Minister, Dr Philip Tagini earlier said the future of the
Unit will be decided upon reading through its final report.
The Solomon Star has sent questions to PMO but response was not forthcoming as this paper went to press last night.
By EDDIE OSIFELO
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