trainer describes as worrying the attitude of some Members of Parliament
Managing Director of MASE Business Training Centre Martin Housanau said while the manner in which some MPs use millions of dollars of government’s money and those of the donors were commendable, others use theirs to engage in high living standards in Honiara and on heavy handed politicking.
Mr Housanau said the commendable users of government and donor money use it to support the development efforts of their constituents.
But he said it has become obvious that the more MPs indulged in exotic lifestyles and heavy handed politicking, the higher their desires for big money.
“Here we are trying to train Solomon Islanders how to manage their business finances, whilst their parliamentary representatives extravagantly spend funds given to them to develop their constituencies”.
He said politicians may have more respect for money if they earn it through sweat and not from handouts.
Mr Housanau said another worrying attitude MPs have is they think that they should dictate what development should take place in their constituencies.
“But one would think, MPs, resources owners, village leaders and their provincial members should decide together on constituency development projects.
“One classic example is the MP for Small Malaita and Finance and Treasury Minister, Rick Hou who has been reported to have received a 10-million dollar funding earmarked to develop Afio economic growth centre on South Malaita under the NCRA Government’s policy to establish economic growth centres nationwide.”
Mr Housanau expressed concern on claims the Small Malaita MP has refused to facilitate and allow funds earmarked for the Growth Centres to enable the acquisition of the Liwe people’s lands after their Land Trust Board wholeheartedly granted its approval to the Malaita Provincial Government to acquire the land to establish the Southern Region industrial park as part of the Afio economic growth centre.
“If the MP had sought his people’s inputs onto the NCRA Government’s policy to develop an economic growth centre for Small Malaita Constituency, an amicable understanding would have been reached, likewise an acceptable compromise eventuated.”
Mr Housanau added it was surprising and a mockery that the Government ignore the Liwe landowners’ offer of their land to host the Southern Region industrial park that will contribute to both local and national Governments development.
But he said the idea of Small Malaita having an industrial park as part of the Afio economic growth centre is sound because the people inclusive of those from other parts of the Southern Region would not have to go to Honiara to access job opportunities and engage in business activities as these will be available once the growth centre is properly established at Afio and Liwe respectively.
By George Atkin
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