Ghiro action sparks outrage

East Makira MP Alfred Ghiro has advised his constituents that he will only meet school fees of children whose parents supported him in the last election. And he had reportedly posted a notice on the door of his West Kola’a Ridge home in Honiara with the words “Supporters Only” to remind those who did not…

SIEITI commits to do its role

The Solomon Islands Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (SIEITI) is dedicating itself to ensure the government, companies, landowners and other relevant stakeholders are well informed about resource benefits from the mining industry. This was revealed by SIEITI director and Under Secretary – Economics for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mckinnie Dentana and their communications officer…

Gov’t told to focus on job creation

A local prominent businessman says the national government should put its focus on creating job opportunities. The businessman, who asked not to be named, said the increasing incidences of lawlessness were a product of the high unemployment rate in the country. His call came after the Democratic Coalition for Change released its policy statement last…

Clerk plans public awareness about roles

Western Province intends to conduct public awareness on the roles of its clerk this year. The province’s newly appointed clerk Gideon Tuke confirmed this to the Sunday Star. Tuke said one of the first things he’s going to do is raise awareness about his role to the people.  “Many people in the province do not…

Why is Whiteside still here?

A police officer has questioned why Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited (RIPEL) general manager John Whiteside is still here despite not having a work or residential permit. The officer, who asked not to be named, said this is quite surprising because no foreigner who has no work or residential permit should be allowed to live…

Call to improve BSP service at Kirakira

A teacher in Makira Ulawa Province claims the service Bank South Pacific (BSP) agency in Kirakira provides to its clients was poor and unreliable. The teacher, a bank client who asked not to be named, said the service was inefficient, poor, and simply unreliable. “We find it very frustrating every time we come during paydays…

Dettke meets SFA members

The Minister of Forestry and Research Bodo Dettke and top officials from the ministry held a successful meeting with members of the Solomon Forest Association (SFA) on Wednesday 28 January. The meeting was held after SFA earlier met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Dettke was encouraged by the prompt response by SFA to meet with…

Temotu to purse trade links with Vanuatu

Temotu Province will continue to pursue the proposed trade link with Vanuatu. That’s according to premier Buddley Soakifono. He said his executive will consult with relevant national government ministry to further pursue the matter. Soakifono said previous executives have by-passed the relevant government ministry as well as the Melanesian Spearhead Group in their pursuit of…

CBR clarifies its roles

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Ministry of Health says it acknowledged complaints a person with disability raised against the organisation recently. Guadalcanal man Edwin Kuba has claimed CBR failed to respond positively to his request for assistance. He said he registered with CBR in 2014 but since then they’ve provided him with no help…

Peace vital for human security

Existence of peace in society is an important thing to human security. This was highlighted at the launching of the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace website last week. UN Agencies under the UN Trust Fund for Human Security through the Ministry undertook this initiative as a post conflict resolution project in Solomon Islands.…