SUPPORTING more economic generating projects in East Are’Are, Malaita Province is one way of discouraging the current urban drift felt in communities in the East Are’Are, says the Manawai community Chairman Frank Harahiru.
Speaking during the official handing over of the Manawai Harbour Market building last week, Mr. Harahiru is calling on the current MARA government led by Premier Daniel Suidani to support more economic generating projects in Ward 19.
The Manawai community Chairman highlighted the following projects:
Storage facility to support fishermen and water bottling from spring waters in East Are’Are as potential income generating projects that the MARA government should step in and support to ensure communities in East Are’Are benefit from their natural resources.
He said due to lack of income generating facilities in East Are’Are, youths have drifted out of their communities in search for opportunities in urban areas resulting in a huge urban drift.
Not only that, but he said as a result of lack of opportunities to keep youths busy in manful activities, youths have turned to consuming homebrew (Kwaso) which leads to more domestic issues.
“I Appeal for the MARA government to support our community in terms of income generating projects.”
“Income generating projects discourage youths from urban drifting and involvement in substance abuse.”
“We want the MARA government to support us with storage facilities and water bottling from our natural spring waters.”
“While we are thankful for the handing over of the Manawai Harbour Market building project, we also want to let you know that this community also needs a community hall.”
By WILSON SAENI
Auki News Bureau