MALAITA premier Peter Chanel Ramohia says he is happy with the outcome of the discussion between the aviation and Guonaru’u landowners to reopen the airstrip.
Mr Ramohia said the outcome was positive which resulted in the Gwaunaru’u parties involved agreed to reopening the airstrip.
“I applaud the aviation permanent secretary Francis Lomo for the positive meeting which has resulted in the landowners expressing keenness to reopen the airstrip.”
He said such cooperation and understanding is what is needed to ensure the province move forward in developments.
“The airport has been closed down for some years due to disputes which forced travelers to resort to travelling to Auki by boat.
“It is welcoming news that the Gwaunaru’u parties involved are interested in reopening the airstrip.”
The premier said the closure of the airstrip was a major setback for the province.
“Gwaunaru’u is the closest gateway for visitors, therefore it must remain open. I thank the Gwaunaru’u parties involved and the PS for the positive dialogue.”
He added that his government is looking at reopening another airport that was closed, Parasi airstrip in South Malaita.
By LESLY SANGA