Dear Editor – In support of your headline early this week, regarding a foreign contractor, reported had badly treated his local laborers, we cannot just take it for granted.
It is something which our MTB and CTB need to take it hard. After all we cannot allow foreigners to mistreated our own people in our own land.
Like wise, this is on the national level, but let me speaks on the provincial level, and if no one dare, then let me speaks on the silent majority of us here from Makira /Ulawa Province.
I have seen your advertisement since last weeks of provincial projects which being marked for our people in our province.
Especially, under the Ministry of Education, RSIPF, etc. These projects are to be constructed in our province this year, and the bidding process I guess should now under progress.
Whiles I have a lot of respect to other colleagues, I believe you will agree with me that these projects are for the people of Makira Ulawa Province with no question.
In other ward, all it aspects includes its construction process should reserved for our own people. At least these are normal building and any contractors can do it without any problem. They are not ten stories buildings etc.
The point here is that, of all your pre-qualification criteria there is no such as to the original contractor from that region or province.
It is very important because besides that, our people will be given the opportunity to contribute and participate in our provincial development in terms of infrastructure development.
As was expressed by one concern member from Rennell and Bellona, I am also thinking along the same line. Whatever, come under projects, our local contractors should be prioritize.
Unless we are below zero, then yes we can look for any outsiders. Other wise, in the mean time, any local contractors can provide you the same qualities services without any problem.
For that reason, Chairman, MTB & CTB, I strongly recommend that you prioritize and exhausted all the local contractors from that region/province before any foreigners or outsiders please.
Give us the chance to contribute and participate in our infrastructure development.
Fax Stanley (Mr)