$1m mysterious payment

THE one million ($1m) in shipping grant that was supposed to be received by Didao Development Cooperation remains a mystery and untraceable since documents related to the payment were missing from the Ministry of Finance. The payment was made between 2015 and 2016. Didao Development Cooperation never received the payment. According to the Auditor General’s…

Sigimanu: I did not lie

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Ethel Sigimanu has hit out at media reports she lied to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about the claims of government lawyers. “I did not lie,” Mrs Sigimanu retorted, Wednesday in response to the accusation levelled at her by a spokesperson for the Government…

APEC trip costs $2.7M

DESPITE the nation’s precarious financial situation, the Government forked out $2.7 million to pay for Prime Minister Ricky Hou and his delegation to the recent APEC summit in Papua New Guinea. Chairman of the Public Account Committee and East Honiara MP, Douglas Ete, revealed this yesterday in parliament in his deliberation on the 2018 Supplementary…

Wale wants health minister removed

THE Minister for Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr Kaitu’u should be reassigned by the Prime Minister for neglecting and not demonstrating any sense of urgency about addressing the crisis in our health sector. Chairman for Bills and Legislation Committee and Member for Parliament for Aoke/Langalanga Mathew Wale uttered this in parliament, Wednesday. Mr Wale…

READ SI roles highlighted

RESOURCES Educational Advance Development in Solomon Islands (READ SI) is a local non-government organisation (NGO) working together with other partners to get more reading materials into primary schools and communities in Solomon Islands. The NGO was established in 2015 purposely to provide a second chance learning mainly for adults and youths who have missed out…

SHAME OF CABINET, CAUCUS

They spent $4M a year on lavish lunches to feed their members By ANDREW FANASIA THE GOVERNMENT has been spending $4 million a year to lavishly feed members of Cabinet and Caucus during their weekly meetings. That’s $37,000 a week! Cabinet is normally attended by government ministers, while Caucus meetings are usually attended by government…

PS lied to PAC: Gov’t Lawyers

‘Time ticking on strike notice’ By ANDREW FANASIA THE Government Lawyers Association (GLA) says the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Ethel Sigimanu had out rightly lied and misled the Public Account Committee (PAC) last week. Mrs Sigimanu was responding to a question asked by the Opposition Leader and PAC member Manasseh…

WHY SISE MUST END

Rodie: Std 6 exam is no longer serving its purpose By IAN MCDONALD THE Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) sole purpose of advocating the termination of the Solomon Islands Secondary Entrance (SISE) exam is to lessen the high push outs from the education system. Permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie said according to…