Land reform Bill to Parliament

THE GOVERNMENT’s Land Reform Bill will be tabled in the next parliament sitting on November. Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Rence Sore confirmed this. This is for its approval so that work on land reform for customary land could be implemented soon. Mr Sore stated, land reform is a fundamental reform of the…

SFA supports hospital

The Solomon Forest Association (SFA) has come to the aid of the National Referral Hospital (NRH, paying the full cost of freight charges and associated costs for a shipment of much-need hospital supplies and equipment from New Zealand. In a statement issued in Honiara, the SFA said it had remitted NZ$8,000 (about SBD37, 000) to…

Report: acquisition is right

Report on the land acquisition and registration to the commissioner of lands for approval of APID’s legal lease to do bauxite mining on lands in West Rennell have revealed opposite to claims made against. It showed appointed land acquisition officer; Laury Penrose Palmer had followed procedures. This process however has come under heavy criticisms from…

MP supports schools

Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwara’ae constituency has supported two primary schools with roofing irons. The assistance followed requests from the schools early this year. Recipients Atori and Kwai primary school were smiles over the weekend when the materials were delivered. The schools are located in ward 15 and 16 within the constituency. Constituency…

APID in the limelight

“Claims it extends claws into illegal logging business” THE controversy surrounding Asia Pacific Investment Development’s (APID) land acquisition process still hangs in the balance, but there are already new claims the mining company had felled and export round logs ‘illegally’. Rennell landowners who obtained documents confirming the ‘illegal export’ of round logs are demanding answers…