Ghiro action sparks outrage

East Makira MP Alfred Ghiro has advised his constituents that he will only meet school fees of children whose parents supported him in the last election. And he had reportedly posted a notice on the door of his West Kola’a Ridge home in Honiara with the words “Supporters Only” to remind those who did not…

SIEITI commits to do its role

The Solomon Islands Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (SIEITI) is dedicating itself to ensure the government, companies, landowners and other relevant stakeholders are well informed about resource benefits from the mining industry. This was revealed by SIEITI director and Under Secretary – Economics for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mckinnie Dentana and their communications officer…

Gov’t told to focus on job creation

A local prominent businessman says the national government should put its focus on creating job opportunities. The businessman, who asked not to be named, said the increasing incidences of lawlessness were a product of the high unemployment rate in the country. His call came after the Democratic Coalition for Change released its policy statement last…

Why is Whiteside still here?

A police officer has questioned why Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited (RIPEL) general manager John Whiteside is still here despite not having a work or residential permit. The officer, who asked not to be named, said this is quite surprising because no foreigner who has no work or residential permit should be allowed to live…

Dettke meets SFA members

The Minister of Forestry and Research Bodo Dettke and top officials from the ministry held a successful meeting with members of the Solomon Forest Association (SFA) on Wednesday 28 January. The meeting was held after SFA earlier met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Dettke was encouraged by the prompt response by SFA to meet with…

Temotu to purse trade links with Vanuatu

Temotu Province will continue to pursue the proposed trade link with Vanuatu. That’s according to premier Buddley Soakifono. He said his executive will consult with relevant national government ministry to further pursue the matter. Soakifono said previous executives have by-passed the relevant government ministry as well as the Melanesian Spearhead Group in their pursuit of…

CBR clarifies its roles

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Ministry of Health says it acknowledged complaints a person with disability raised against the organisation recently. Guadalcanal man Edwin Kuba has claimed CBR failed to respond positively to his request for assistance. He said he registered with CBR in 2014 but since then they’ve provided him with no help…