Leader of Solomon Islands Party of Rural Advancement (SIPRA) says his Party knows the problems of this country.
Speaking at the launch of his Party’s manifesto yesterday, Gordon Darcy Lilo said despite the hope that all Parties contesting this coming national general election hold for this country, SIPRA knows the truth.
“…Political Parties got their hope, but I want to tell you the truth because people of Solomon Islands need to know the truth and not just hope. The truth is we (SIPRA) know what the problems are. “From what you have told us, from what people have told us, we know what people want us to do. We know what government’s constraints are…the SIPRA policies tells you what the problems are, what the constraints are and what you say to us to do as a government,” Lilo said.
He said as the prime minister of the country for the past years, they have set out the implementation of these policies.
Adding the passing of the many laws in his last government’s tenure are the first of the many reforms that his government would like to see established and fulfilled however time was not on his government’s side.
Lilo said SIPRA has unfinished business and reemphasised that SIPRA has strong commitments to continue to finish the incomplete business with keys areas.
He said one is to expand the economic base of this country and grow it aggressively to bring prosperity to all people in the country.
Others include the implementation of the customary land and registration reform project.
“We are committed to do this to grow the tourism, agriculture, forestry, mining sectors…,” Lilo said.
He added SIPRA is better prepared to improve governance and ready to do more of what the people want.
“We have made our commitment to complete the new Leadership Code Bill for its enactment in our first 100 days in parliament. We are also working towards completing the anti-corruption strategy and to develop the anti-corruption bill so that we can domesticate the United Nations convention against corruption,” Lilo said.
He said SIPRA further commits to develop the new electoral system and introduces a system that will guarantee that a candidate is duly elected if she or he has attained more than 50 % of votes casted.
Meanwhile he said when SIPRA forms the government, they will govern whole of Solomon islands to restore people’s trust, lift their standard of living, rise in wages in line with the growing economy, and to ensure that land owners benefit from their land through application of the customary land registration in its first 100 days in office.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA