Lets tackle illiteracy in our country

LACK of access to education in our country is believed to be the main contributing factor to the increasing rate of illiteracy in our country. Today, we have so many kids or even adult who cannot read or write. And this is a grave concern for our country. There are cases of adults who may…

Come join RAMSI’s farewell celebration

This week the country is farewelling the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The week long event kicked off last Sunday with a Thanks-giving ceremony at the Maranatha Hall in East Honiara. Throughout this week a number of activities have been lined up for the farewell program. Its a time for everyone to come…

Great example of community policing

JIMMY Goufi faced the Honiara Magistrate’s Court yesterday after he surrendered to police on Monday. The 23-year-old is charged with the murder of the Chinese couple whose bodies were found in their shop at Town Ground last month. Goufi was the guard providing security for the couple. He was also the same person who showed…

Great things are happening at SINU

IT’S good to see great things happening at Solomon Islands National University (SINU). Although SINU is barely four years old, bigger and positive things are happening at our very own university. The ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, which signals the beginning of a $120 million building project, is the best and biggest thing to have happened…

A clear case of fraud

MANAOBA Airport in north Malaita reportedly cost the government $60 million to build. But some three years after the airport was completed, it was yet to open for business. The airport’s runway was not sealed. However, it was built to accommodate Solomon Airline’s Dash-8 aircraft. So it was a sizeable airport. The $60 million the…

Let’s keep the peace this festive season

THE festive season is definitely here. And 2016 is coming to its close. The hype that comes with Christmas is evident in Honiara as people went on shopping sprees. There were families who have already left Honiara to spend Christmas in their villages with relatives. State institutions and private sector organisations have been holding Christmas…

Where are the anti-corruption laws?

AT this time last year, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced to the nation the DCC Government’s plan to tackle corruption. This was during the 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day event in Honiara. Mr Sogavare was the guest of honour at that event. The DCC Government, Mr Sogavare stated, has an ambitious agenda in the fight against…

What’s in the budget for the people?

SO the Government expects to collect and spend $4.1 billion next year. That was the 2017 budget Finance minister Snyder Rini handed down in parliament on Monday. “Building the nation’s resilience to enhance economic growth and service delivery”, is the theme of the budget. Mr Rini said it is a responsible, credible and sustainable budget…

Let’s use social media wisely

THIS has been an interesting week after last Saturday night’s crowning of the 2016 Miss Solomons Pageant. Camilla Grossmith, who was sponsored by King Solomon Hotel, was our new queen. We congratulate Ms Grossmith and wish her well as she prepares to stake her claim for the Miss Pacific Islands crown. Last Saturday’s crowning ceremony…

We need another 2 markets

THE Honiara City Council’s decision to shut down the roadside market at White River in west Honiara has not gone down well with residents there. This is expected because the market, illegal as it may, was the most accessible to vendors and people of west Honiara. However, the decision is right and the council must…