A PEOPLE’S Alliance Party (PAP) Government will give back to landowners the power to own and benefit fully from their natural resources.
Party president Sir Nathaniel Weana said if PAP forms the next government it will change the laws of the country that has prevented land and resource owners from having total control of their resources.
Sir Nathaniel was speaking during PAP’s campaign launch in Kira Kira, Makira/Ulawa province earlier this week.
“We are not benefiting from the many logging activities happening in our islands and even the landowners at Gold Ridge [in Central Guadalcanal]are not benefiting from their resources,” he said.
“Foreigners and foreign companies are devouring us from the wealth of our own resources.
“Our laws and our constitution were adopted in 1978 since independence and PAP if it comes into power is committed to changing the laws of the colonial times,” Sir Nathaniel added.
He said PAP is determined to change the laws (constitution) of the country in regards to our resources and minerals.
“Our laws hung under the constitution and it is time for a change,” he said.
Sir Nathaniel said out of the 31 candidates PAP is fielding in next month’s election the party is confident in winning at least 15 seats in Parliament and is willing to merge with another political party with the right policies to form the next government.
By PHILIP LILOMO