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…

$5m ABD grant to support SI

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $5 million policy-based grant to support the efforts of the Government of Solomon Islands to implement policy and institutional reforms to progressively improve fiscal sustainability, business climate, public financial management, and service delivery. “The Solomon Islands Improved Fiscal Sustainability Reform Program builds on previous policy-based operations of…

Journos told: Do more probing stories

LOCAL journalists attending a week-long Anti-Corruption Reporting, Promotion of Integrity, Transparency and Accountability training in Honiara were being told to write more investigative stories. Vice President of the Media Association Solomon Islands (MASI) and Press Secretary to Prime Minister Douglas Marau reminded the journalists on their ‘watchdog’ role, when speaking at the close of workshop…

Suavanao airfield in Isabel reopened

Suavanao Airfield in Isabel Province was re-opened last Saturday following the successful rehabilitation of the airport’s deteriorating runway which has forced the Government to close it in September this year. Representatives of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) and Solomon Airlines conducted a test flight using…

NCDs, a big threat, says PM

NON Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is a huge health cost to the government and poses the single biggest threat to the future development aspirations of our people and country. That’s according to Prime Minister Rick Hou, when delivering his statement at the High level Roundtable Meeting on the NCD Policy Roadmap, at the Heritage Park Hotel…