PMO defends new PS

ETHEL Frances’ recent appointment as the new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was not done on the basis of her political affiliation. Rather, the Public Service Commission (PSC) made the appointment in consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Press Secretary of the Prime Minister, Douglas Marau, made…

TAX BURDEN

Wale: high cost of living killing us By ANDREW FANASIA THE high cost of living in the country is killing our people financially. Member for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale uttered this in his debate of the Goods Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018. “Food and transportation, electricity, water, accommodation, basic healthcare system, basic education and clothing are…

SHIPPING GRANT

I don’t receive funds; just an allocation says Rini Member of Parliament (MP) for Marovo Constituency and former Minister for Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini says he didn’t receive any shipping grant from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) in 2016. Mr Rini made this clarification yesterday following a call from a concerned woman…

TOUGH LAW LOOMS

Intending candidates warned of changes to electoral law By IAN M.KAUKUI THE passage of the newly amended electoral law puts a hard warning to intending candidates for the upcoming National General Election in terms of how they perform themselves during their campaign. Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mose Saitala urged the intending…

HUGE REQUEST

NTF wants $112 million in Supplementary By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI   THE National Transport Fund (NTF) that’s being used to improve infrastructure in the country is seeking another $112,000,000 in the supplementary budget. Senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week to reveal the…

UNSOLVED PUZZLE

PAC: OPMC must resolve RIPEL issue By ANDREW FANASIA THE Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) issue will remain stagnant if the government and the national leaders continue to politicise the position in the RIPEL Cabinet sub committee and other sub committee, under the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet (OPMC). Opposition Leader,…