OUTSPOKEN chief and Director of the Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre (SIMMEC) in Gavutu Islands in Central Province Robert Satu says he supports the government in its move in the proposed USD$100 Billion loan deal.
Chief Satu said the reason why he is supporting the move is that he believes that, that is the only way the government can pay its outstanding dues.
“I agree with the government on the deal because I believe it’s the only way the government can settle its outstanding payments,” he said.
The Honiara-based Chief also based his experience with the government as an example.
“The government is yet to pay me my SBD$8.2 million dollars from the SBD$10 million court order in 2006 and 2012 about my dolphin exportation to Mexico and Dubai.
“From the court order the government has only paid SBD1.8million of the 10 million court orders and they didn’t fail the payments but maybe because there is not enough money to do the payments that’s why I support the move,” said Satu.
Chief Satu added that he has contacts from overseas in Mexico and Dubai that will also benefit from the government.
“I have plans in place to bring an officer with me to Dubai to confirm the number of dolphins from the 22 dolphins to Gavutu islands.
“The dolphins were counted as the government’s asset and this will benefit the government as well,’’ said Satu.
By BRYAN LUVENA