April ridge tender opens

THE Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey is calling for applications for land allocation at April Ridge in Honiara. April Ridge is the name given to an area near Gilbert Camp Aekafo and Lau Valley in east Honiara, and the area is currently unallocated and owned by the Commissioner of Lands. Permanent Secretary Stanley Waleanisia…

Axiom wins again, sets eyes on project

AXIOM says it will recommence exploration at its Isabel Nickel Project this week after the Court of Appeal set aside the interim injunction instigated by Sumitomo on 30 September. Shares in the company in the Australian stock market are trading higher on the news. Key points of the decision included: – The interim injunction ordered…

Media briefed on financial road map

THE Ministry of Finance and Treasury held a briefing session for the media on the Public Financial Management Reform Roadmap, where the purpose of the Mid-Year Budget Review was discussed in depth at an inaugural Media Workshop on the road map on Friday. The Mid-Year Budget Review was released by the Minister for Finance and…

Fataleka people told to vote wisely

THE nephew of outgoing MP for Fataleka Steve Abana has urged voters in the constituency to vote wisely in the November 19 elections. Billy Abana, who was the first born of Steve Abana’s brother Billy Buga, made the comments, claiming not much development has happened in the constituency in the last eight years. Billy said…

Kausimae: Building strong financial management is everyone’s business

“BUILDING a strong Public Financial Management (PFM) system is everyone’s business,” a top government officer says. Supervising Permanent Secretary for Finance, Elizabeth Kausimae pointed this out at an inaugural media workshop on the new PFM Road Map in Honiara yesterday. She stressed that a robust financial management system will help achieve our collective vision of…

New shipping firm critisised

Finance Minister in the Choiseul provincial government Alfa Kimata, has strongly criticized a newly set up shipping company in the province. In a statement he said Choiseul Provincial Government does not support it nor does it reflect the views under the existing Lauru Shipping Company. The criticism came in the wake of an announcement of…

More Jumbo buses arriving soon

Five more new jumbo buses would arrive in Honiara from China in December or early next year to alleviate short bus route in Honiara. Ropiko Enterprises Limited (REL) has ordered these buses from China. REL’s Managing Director Roland Piko said: “the buses and should arrive in Honiara by December or early next.” The two buses…

Shanel faces assault charge

POLICE on Thursday arrested and charged outgoing MP for Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel with common assault. This was in relation to an attack on a constituent who reportedly came to seek financial assistance from Mr Shanel. Officers at the Central Police Station questioned and later released Mr Shanel on bail after charging him. It was…