Thousands remain affected after floods

AN estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people. The floods had caused severe damage to infrastructure and properties including 41 schools in flood stricken areas. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) with support from humanitarian organisations, donors…

Panga: We are not dissolved

GUADALCANAL premier Stephen Panga says his executive has not been dissolved as the Solomon Star reported on Friday. “I want to inform my people of Guadalcanal and the public that my executive and provincial assembly has not been dissolved,” he said. “The order that came from the minister of provincial government follows a request for…

Guale executive stripped of powers, not dissolved

GUADALCANAL Provincial Secretary James Taeburi has been given powers to run the province. This was after the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Silas Tausinga ordered the transfer of functions and powers from the Guadalcanal Provincial Executive to the Provincial Secretary. Permanent Secretary of Provincial Governments Stanley Dick Pirione said the Government has…

Kola in hot water again

DEPUTY Police Commissioner Walter Kola has found himself in hot water again after damaging an official vehicle her was driving in an early morning accident on Friday. An eye-witness told the Solomon Star, Mr Kola slammed the government vehicle he was using into a post in front of the central police station. “I can say…

SIPA urged to build passenger terminal

THE Member of Parliament for South Guadalcanal, David Day Pacha says the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) should build a proper passenger terminal at Point Cruz Wharf in Honiara. He said for many years, wharves at Point Cruz have been used for loading and unloading both cargo and passengers. Mr Pacha said fortunately not many…

Students appeal to MPs for meet tuition fees

THE People’s Alliance Party has been told students from the Solomon Islands National University have sent out appeal letters to Members of Parliament to help meet their tuition fees and allowances. Party’s Media Officer, George Atkin reports the news was relayed to the weekly meeting of the PAP National Executive in Honiara. The meeting was…

Priest calls for Solovisu in North, Central Guale

AN Anglican priest of the Church of Melanesia, Father Benedict Garemane says now the Solovisu Program has ended on the Weather-Coast, a new one should start on North and Central Guadalcanal. He said the government and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands should now start thinking about reconciling villagers of the two constituencies who…

PAP to abolish rural development ministry

A PEOPLE’S Alliance Party Government will abolish the Ministry of Rural Development because it has been duplicating the duties of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening. PAP Media Officer, George Atkin reports the decision was reached at the party’s recent national executive meeting in Honiara. PAP National President, Sir Nathaniel Waena said the…