PM queries future of festival village

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has questioned the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) over its plans to convert the Festival of Pacific Arts Village into a cultural venue for custom events in the future. He raised the question in his speech during the graduation ceremony of SINU at the Maranatha Hall, Friday.  “My simple question out…

PM: Tertiary enrollment rate for Solomons is low

The enrollment rate of Solomon Islands students studying at tertiary level of education is very low compared to other Pacific Islands neighbouring countries. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this in his speech to thousands of graduands and guests that attended Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) second graduation ceremony, Friday. “In fact, when compared to some…

SINU questioned over information

Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) Student Academic Services (SAS) has failed to convey requested information to the government. He highlighted this in his speech during SINU’s second graduation ceremony last Friday. SINU was established in 2013 from what used to be the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. Sogavare raised the matter in relation to…

Contractor claims they pay PS $100,000

Lomo in hot water AVIATION permanent secretary Francis Lomo and his property manager David Kona are in hot waters. This was after a contractor revealed in a report Mr Lomo and Mr Kona received funds that were meant for refurbishment of the Civil Aviation control tower at Henderson Airport. LB Construction & Joinery, which was…

Girl faces murder over dead baby

A 17-YEAR-OLD female student who has been charged with the murder of a fully formed baby found dead at the Henderson area, on Good Friday has been bailed on Friday. The juvenile, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court for remand but was however bailed on a principal bail…

Gov’t officials to visit Malaita

A  HIGH level delegation from the Ministry Of Aviation and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will visit Malaita Monday and Tuesday this week. Malaita premier Peter Ramohia confirmed this. He said the delegation will comprised some MPs from Malaita. Mr Ramohia said the delegation will first meet with landowners of Gwaunaru’u Airfield, with the view of…

Duo held over Lungga killing

POLICE are still investigation the case involving the death of a young man found floating at Lungga creek, East of Honiara last month. Two men from Temotu, Mark Nalua and Banabus Mwema has been arrested and charged for the murder of the young lad from Western Province. The duo appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court…

Work on Auki road to start June

WORK to tar-seal roads in Malaita provincial capital Auki is expected to start in June. That was according to premier Peter Ramohia. Cost of the project will be funded by the national government and donors. He added requests have also been sent to the national government and donors for funds to tar-seal the province’s north,…

Market closed for urgent repair

THE Honiara Central Market has been closed for an indefinite period as of Friday. This was after the Honiara City Council’s executive passed it in a way of resolution, Thursday. Market Master Saxon Ofata said the reason behind the closure is to give time for major improvements to be carried out in the main market.…

Gov’t told to engage new graduates

GOVERNMENT ministries should be opening up for new graduates to join the public service. That’s the view of the president of Malaita Ma’asina Forum Charles Dausabea. Mr Dausabea was commenting on the suspension of a number of officials within the Ministry of Health and Medical Service over the $10 million health scandal. He said the…