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Veke: Panga’s the right man

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Former G province premier Anthony Veke (L) says Stephen Panga (R) is the right person for the job.
Newly elected Guadalcanal premier Stephen Panga is the right person for the job, recently resigned premier Anthony Veke says.

Panga, who had held the job previously, was elected last Friday after Veke stepped down last Tuesday amidst allegations of corruption.

“I believe Panga was the right man to charter the course of Guadalcanal to achieve its development aspirations, Veke told the Sunday Star in an interview.

He added the election of Panga doesn’t change the government, just the leadership.

“Hence this government will continue on with its strategic plan to work closely with the national government to address fundamental issues facing the province,” Veke said.

Panga was a member of Veke’s executive prior to the leadership change.

Veke said issues Guadalcanal wants addressed are national reconciliation, reinstatement of Commission of Inquiry into land dealings and abandoned properties on Guadalcanal, and bonafide demands of Guadalcanal people.

“The current leadership sees these issues as its priorities because it affects directly the lives of the Guadalcanal people

“When I decided to resign as premier we have discussed in our camp at Honiara Hotel that Panga was the best candidate for that post

“I like to assure my people on Guadalcanal as your former premier that this government is your government that we need your support for us to deliver the goods and services to the people,” Veke said.

He added service delivery is not the responsibility of provincial government only but also other stakeholders.

Panga beat rival contestant Walton Naezo 11 votes to 10.

By Elliot Dawea