UP to 300 plots of land are available for tender.
Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey, Joseph Onika revealed this in Parliament on Thursday.
These plots are within the Koa Hill and Mataniko areas.
Mr Onika said that the tendering of these plots was made possible following a successful three-month long survey.
Mr Onika however, added that in tendering these plots, victims of the April floods will be prioritised.
“All these plots will be tendered so that those wishing to purchase a land would apply, however priority will be given to the April flood victims, some of whom are already residing in some of these plots on temporary basis.
“The Ministry is also aware that some of the temporary structures erected on these plots. These will be removed and have people apply for it,” he said.
Mr Onika also said that the Ministry is aware that the number of victims (families) of the April floods is not more than 300, adding that those who apply will be given the chance to purchase a plot for themselves.
However, when asked by Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Mathew Wale why would the plots be tendered rather than be given to the victims, Mr Onika said that the ministry did not want to set a bad precedence for the future.
“The ministry does not wish to set a bad precedence for the future, and would like to give everyone the equal and fair opportunity to apply,” he explained.
Meanwhile, in acknowledging the minister’s explanation, Central Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui said that such would not be setting a bad precedence as the April floods was a one off disaster.
“We are not setting a precedence however are providing for our people.
“As leaders of this country, we do things for our people, things to help the people of Solomon Islands,” he said.
By JEREMY INIFIRI