Tomorrow is a girl

WHEN girls are not assured the same opportunities as boys, whether one speaks of the level of ones’ education or which profession one would like to pursue, we as families, villages, societies and nations are short-changing ourselves. For when girls suffer such realities, economies deprive themselves of half their potential professionals — scientists, innovators, socio-economic…

Why I sacked Leni

THIS is my response to a number of articles you published over the past few days on matters regarding the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA. Let me first confirm that in exercise of the powers conferred upon us, the Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Minister of Finance, by Regulation 14 (1) of the State-owned…

Feeding the chooks to keep them quiet

SIR Bjelke-Petersen, one-time Premier of the Australian north-east State of Queensland, once referred to journalists as chooks. And each time his government was under threat because of some issues raised by journalists publicly either on the airwave or in newspapers, he would say, “it’s time to feed the chooks”. News conference was his feeding time…

Wake-up call for PM

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo may be right. He is not obligated to bow down to calls from civil society groups that asked him to stand down. But he and his advisers need to take stock of the sentiments and concerns raised by these groups. For the concerns they raised are legitimate and real. The…

A fine gift from NZ

THE country took delivery of a fine gift from the New Zealand Government last week. This was in the form of the newly upgraded Munda Airport and the Gizo-Noro paved road in Western Province. Nusatupe Airport near Gizo, which is currently being upgraded, also comes under this project. In all, the New Zealand Government donated…