Immigration needs to improve service

Dear Editor – There is a lot of concern from the business houses and the public with regards to the services provided by the Immigration department of the Ministry of Commerce, Labour, Immigration and investment. As most of the business houses and the public at large really appreciating the improved, fast and reliable services provided…

Removed Financial Controller, MHMS

Dear Editor – In the past months we have faced a difficult situation in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Most of our requests for basic services, such as travel advance warranty, print, toners, and stationaries have been categorically denied by the Financial Controller –Michael. He was sent by Canberra to control the HSSP…

How we corrupt public offices

Dear Editor – It is perhaps a repetition of the obvious to say that corruption of office was the rock which will destroy the ship of the nation Solomon Islands. I think corruption of office in the Solomon Islands goes back to the colonial era when the messenger collected bribe from the illiterate people before…

Renbel logging

Dear Editor – I wish to echo some of our concerns as landowners of west Rennell about the Amos Teikagei’s illegal logging operation on Rennell island, which brings a lots of problems to our communities instead of developments. The struggle of the genuine landowners of Rennell Island (West Rennell especially) with the illegal logging operation…

Gov’t quarters

Dear Editor – The people who had retired, redundant or sacked are continuing to use government quarters at Auki town. Many of them have claimed that they have obtained the entitlement of the plot land and at the same time secured the government building as well. This is one of unacceptable deals any government should…

When are we going to listen?

A YOUNG father was killed when the car he was travelling collided head-on with a hilux along Prince Philip highway, Kukum, in the early hours of Monday.  His two companions are fighting for their lives at the National Referral Hospital. The trio were reportedly drunk. Not only that, but they also took the wrong side…

Pray for the flood victims

MANY of our people will spend their Easter for the first time this year in an evacuation centre. These are the ones whose lives were turned up-side –down by the destructive April 3 floods, which claimed 21 lives and left thousands homeless. Many of the evacuees lost their loved ones in the flood. Many more…

Time to put aside funds for disaster response

EAST Choiseul MP Manasseh Sogavare is right. In light of the frequent occurrences of natural disasters, it’s time the national government set aside funds for urgent relief efforts in times of disasters. The devastating April 3 flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal remind us of the urgency to do just that. This is to ensure…

How a magistrate bullied us

ON the 24th of March, 2014 we were in a court room at the Honiara Magistrate waiting for our Customary Land Appeal Court (CLAC) cases to be heard. We were all expecting an independent panel that is biased free and have no conflict of interest to appear and preside over our cases. We neither expect…

The floods cruelties

DEAR EDITOR – Dear Editor, I would be pleased if you could kindly print my poem in your coming issue. Once our great friends Our rivers span against us Swung their fangs and daggers To stab, maul, split and slay Taking us by surprise As we stood stunned Watching drily agape! What a cruelty!  …