Central Island provincial government has warned shipping companies operating in the province without settling their business license fees to settle them with the province or face justice.
Acting provincial secretary Hendry Limbo told Solomon Star yesterday said the province is taking tough action against shipping operators which operates services to the province without paying up their dues.
He said his office is aware of ships operators that fail to comply with the shipping act and settle their payments.
“Our province depends on money and we urged shipping companies which operating illegally in our province to comply.
“We are aware of shipping companies servicing our province previously and currently but did not comply with this shipping Act.
“Therefore I kindly remind every shipping companies to settle their fees before we took them to court,” he said.
The acting PS said these shipping companies are making money out of the province.
Meanwhile shipping companies currently serving the province have been urged to ensure they have proper document to show to the province when they are asked to do so.
“I urge shipping companies operating in the province to consult us so that we could able to deal with the matter.”
The province is taking such action because the province has lost revenues because ships are failing to pay up their dues.
“Therefore any shipping companies operating in the province which failed to comply with these Acts are urged to consult us before the courts will deal with you,” the acting PS said.
By DENVER NEWTER