Maelanga: Infrastructure development vital

THE Minister of Infrastructure Development (MID) and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga says the development of our economic infrastructures is paramount for economic development.  Maelanga made the statement on the floor of Parliament last week during the sine-die motion. He said the government through his ministry is working on the construction of wharves, roads, and…

Manetoali on Traditional Governance Bill  

MINISTER for Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs Samuel Manetoali says the Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill (TGCFB) is now going through re-consultation with the people. Manetoali highlighted this on the floor of Parliament during the sine-die motion last week. “When all the consultations are done, it will again be brought before parliament and…

Major road to link East, Central Malaita

A MAJOR 28 kilometre road construction linking East Kwarae and Central Kwara’ae is in the pipeline to begin next year. Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Kwara’ae Jackson Fiulaua confirmed this in Parliament last week. “I am happy to inform my good people of Central Kwara’ae and East Kwara’ae that I am looking forward to joining the…

200 TOWERS PLANNED

The Government is embarking on a multi-million dollar telecommunication project to construct 200 new broadband 3/4G towers around the country by 2023. This was revealed by the Minister of Communication and Aviation (MCA) Peter Shanel Agovaka on Thursday in his contribution to the Sine Die motion. Minister Agovaka highlighted this when outlining a number of projects…

SIGNATURE FORGERY 

Commissioner of Lands refuses signing grant of instrument from hereon   IT was bound to happen. And on the weekend it did.  Commissioner of Lands, Alan McNeil has exposed what the public has suspected all along – alleged fraudulent land dealings including forging the Commissioner’s signature – in Honiara. Refusing to be part of the alleged…

SIM card registration soon 

THE Solomon Islands Government is amending the Telecommunications Act 2009 to allow for SIM Card registration before the proposed suspension of Facebook, the social media platform, takes effect. Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka disclosed this in a news conference this week. “My Ministry is currently working on a plan to simultaneously complete the amendment to include the SIM…

Ship for East Makira Constituency

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for East Makira Constituency Lilly Maefai says her office is looking into getting a ship for her constituency. She made the revelation when she spoke during the sine-die motion in parliament on Tuesday. She stressed that given her constituency’s geographical location in the east of the island and irregular shipping services…

Forestry: Karaori misleads public

THE Ministry of Forestry and Research on Thursday described as “misleading” accusations that junior officers have hijacked the work of the Commissioner of Forests. Community leader, Charles Karaori, earlier this week accused junior officers of having taken over the work of the Commissioner, including signing off on statutory documents which he said could be illegal. Mr.…

The SI-Aust partnership 

Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands His Excellency Dr. Lachlan Strahan on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to discuss the deep partnership between Australia and Solomon Islands. Some of these areas include; health, COVID response, education, labour mobility, infrastructure, inclusive economic growth, gender equality, and security, a statement from the Prime Minister…