Dear Editor – As one of the investors that has spent millions of dollars and nearly every waking hour for six years working on Tavanipupu, I need to correct a few things that were in the article printed on Wednesday, June 25th on the above.
First, the NPF board is probably one of the finest boards you could find in any country – made up of intelligent people totally dedicated to improving life for the Solomon Islands.
There is no way they are going to lose money on Tavanipupu. They set it up that way, they only invested a small part of what the island is worth.
The money will be recovered with a 12% profit for NPF, or nearly $4 million.
Second, there is an investor looking hard at purchasing the island and building a hotel in Honiara to help service the island.
This has been in the works for sometimes and should come to fruition very soon.
Thirdly, because of NPF many jobs and lots of money was injected into a rural community that desperately needs opportunities for employment.
It also helped put the Solomon Islands in the news for tourism.
It is wrong to say bad things about a board that has helped the country in so many ways!
They are totally supportive of a better lifestyle for the people. If there were more like them it would be a better place to live.