Dear Editor – After reading Mr Sasako’s article that was published on the 12th of August 2014 on the Solomon star about the state of the country’s money basket and economy, one should be worried as I am.
Thus, I would like to share some thoughts for the sake of the innocent lives.
I have quoted the comments from Mr Sasako below which was the core of his article.
………… the grim picture painted by a confidential circular issued by the Permanent Secretary of Finance, Shadrach Fanega, only 10 days ago called for decisive action to limit the sufferings being experienced by the people and the damage to the national economy”.
“We simply cannot go on spending money which we did not have in the first place anyway. To limit spending to just the payroll, utilities, national security and provincial governments until the end of December this year as the circular has clearly spelt out is saying we have hit rock bottom,”
Mr Sasako’s revelation, if true is scary. The Government financial advisers if they are still alive should be prudent and diligent in their job because I believe the country has spent so much for the important task vested on them.
I cannot understand why the country is spending millions of dollars on economic advisory board and the way the government is spending does not reflect a country with established systems.
I have been writing articles calling for wish voting in this election.
I have come to realize that money has become a god for most politicians. I don’t know, but the only thing we can do is keep reminding candidates to fear GOD and perform what GOD has called them to do on the floor of parliament for the people of Solomon Islands.
This government has done no good in terms of improving the economy and taking basic services to the rural population.
It cannot give excuses while our development partners are pumping in millions and millions of dollars to help with the very slim revenue we have been able to generate annually.
Improving economy is not a rocket science. And we have very qualified people in the government systems including the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister himself.
How on earth things are not improving but rather going down the drain? This is the simple question the very simple people of our beautiful country are asking.
I don’t want to believe that our PM is that bad or the finance minister for that matter. One thing for sure that is distorting our economic system is carelessness and selfishness.
These must be uprooted. I can remember from an interview with Mrs Clinton by one of the TV stations.
Mrs Clinton admitted that her family was broke when her husband left office. This shows how Mr Clinton suffered for his nation and the people of United State.
And I can still remember how the US economy improved in his term as a President. This is the kind of leadership we need, a leadership that truly serves the nation and not serving one’s own interest.
With this, I would like to support Mr Sasako’s call for the immediate dissolution of Parliament and bringing fort the administration of the national election.
God bless Solomon Islands!