MALAITA provincial Premier Peter Ramohia says he is now doubtful about promises of development the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) made to his province.
Speaking to Solomon Star, Premier Ramohia said that he is now worried that all of DCCG’s promises to Malaita this year will amount to nothing.
“DCC government since taking up the leadership for the country made many promises to implement national projects earmarked for Malaita,” he said.
“But since then, I’ve seen nothing happened so far and this has worried me and basically this is why I need to speak out,” he added.
“We have made some agreements that national government would inject development to communities through Provincial Assembly but these agreements have not been honoured,” he said.
Premier Ramohia alleged Government had been engaged in direct deliberations with certain tribal groups on issues concerning some major national development initiatives without the involvement of his provincial government.
He said such line of approach does not fall in line with the agreement undertakings it had made with his provincial government.
Premier Ramohia said when the government makes a direct approach to tribal communities by bye-passing his provincial government it creates a feeling of distrust which eventually forces his government to start asking so many questions.
He added a classic example of failure by the National government to honour its promise was the tar-sealing of the provincial capital Auki township road.
He said despite promises that tar-sealing of the road would take place in the month of September, nothing eventuated.
Premier Ramohia said other major national development projects in the pipe-line for Malaita Province which are yet to lift off the ground are Bina Harbour and Suava Bay proposed cannery.
He said after so much loud barking by the Government about these so called national projects, little has been achieved by way of progress.
He said they’re almost forgotten again.
Premier Ramohia said these are the issues that kept cropping up more questions in his mind about Government’s genuineness in living up to its words.
Premier Ramohia said he will use the opportunity while in Honiara for the Premiers conference next week to raise the issues of concern to his provincial government with the national government.
Government or the office of the Prime Minister could not be reached for comment on Premier Ramohia’s allegations.
By LESLEY SANGA