What’s next for peace ministry?

IN a few days, the national government will stage the week-long National Healing and Apology programme in Honiara. The event will run from July 1 to 7. The government expects the programme will bring to an end the sad chapter of the ethnic tension, and open a new page for the country to move forward.…

Moving on from our past

THE Government plans to host a national reconciliation ceremony next month. The week-long National Healing and Apology programme is scheduled to be held in Honiara from June 30 to July 6. It will start with a National Peace March, to be followed by a powerful speech from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The aim of this…

New measures at NRH

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) this week announced one of the new measures it is implementing as part of efforts to cut costs. It’s this. It will no longer feed guardians looking after sick patients admitted at the hospital. NRH’s chief executive officer Dr Steve Aumanu said this practise will cease as of Friday next…

Bred Bank – welcoming news!

A FOURTH commercial bank is poised to enter the local market this year. Bred Bank (Vanuatu) Limited was granted an interim licence, Monday, by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. The licence allows Bred Bank to establish its banking infrastructures and equipment and open for business within the 12 months interim period. Bred (Vanuatu) Limited…

Have we not learned the lesson?

RECENT rumours of another tension have reportedly forced a number of families to leave Honiara for their home province. This is despite denial by authorities on Guadalcanal, as well as the police, of another uprising. The fact that these families left shows the severity the rumours have had on the community. At one of the…

Maturity is expected of parents

STORY of a female student being assaulted by a staff of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) went viral on social media on Wednesday. Social media commentators were scathing at the SINU staff’s alleged action. The incident was said to be a result of an argument between the SINU staff’s daughter and the other girl.…

Disputes impede nation’s development

GWAUNARU’U Airport near Auki, Malaita, reopened Monday this week. This was after more than two years of closure due to disputes amongst landowners. The financial loss the closure had on Malaita as a province was catastrophic. Solomon Airlines, as the service provider, experienced similar losses. The reopening of the airport is not only welcomed news,…

Cease the shipping grant

CONGRATULATIONS to Northwest Choiseul Constituency and its Member of Parliament Connelly Sandakabatu. You have demonstrated to the nation what transparency and accountability is when you produced the first ever report on the $5 million shipping grant allocated to you. The shipping grant, managed within the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, has been in existence for many…

Let’s keep pushing for the Anti-Corruption Bill

SO the much anticipated Anti-Corruption Bill has been deferred. This is a bill that holds much for the future progress of this nation. At least that’s how ordinary Solomon Islanders see it. And that’s why they were excited when the Sogavare government put this piece of legislation together and brought it before parliament to be…

Can the court decide on the SIPA saga?

THERE appears to be no sign that the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) controversy is going to be resolved any time soon. Perhaps the only option left to deciding who is right, and who is not, is to take it to the courts. And Attorney General James Apaniai is right in suggesting this to sacked…