THE continued pressure from the Malaita Provincial Government on logging companies to pay up their dues has sent a second logging company packing to leave the province.
According to reports, logging operation in Malaita Province still owes Malaita province $1.5m in revenue.
Therefore, the province is pushing hard for the companies that are still to pay up their dues to do so or leave the province.
Information received claimed a logging company operating at Kwarea along the West Kwara’ae and West Fataleka borders is in the process of packing up and will soon leave the province.
This is due to a lack of compliance, it was reported.
When this paper contacted the Malaita Provincial Premier, he confirmed that a second logging company is leaving the province soon.
It is understood that a logging company has already left the shores of Malaita last month.
Premier Suidani said officers from the province will be sent to revisit all logging operations across the province to ensure they do the right thing by paying up their outstanding revenue to the province.
The premier warned those logging companies that failure to pay up will result in showing them the exit door.
“Malaita province needs genuine investors and not those who came to exploit resources on the island for their own benefit,” Premier Suidani stated.
By WILSON SAENI