Special Secretary to Prime Minister’s Office (SSPM) says allegation against him as a director to one the companies that took up the proposed housing scheme for public servant is a misunderstanding.
Speaking to the Solomon Star on Monday Mr Sore clarifies his position by stating that he is only an appointed interim director in the share holding company owned by the government, which has a joint venture with Skyline Investment Group Company (SIGC) to implement the housing project.
“This is similar to the business run by Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), where NPF and government are shareholders to it, therefore have their appointed directors in the board,” he said. “I’m appointed by the government to be an interim director, while company is working towards their full establishment and that’s the time the company will employ a full-time director,” Mr Sore added.
SSPM further clarified that Solomon Islands Development Corporation (SIDC), which he is a director it is owned by Investment Corporation Solomon Islands (ICSI), a government owned company that appointed him as a director to make decision, and is a job he did on voluntary basis.
He added criticisms based on conflict of interest, seeing that he is already employed as SSPM and took up the director post, which he would receive payment for that job is untrue.
“I receive no payment for this job since my position is temporary while the company is still on its embryo stage and when the firm fully establish that’s the time they will employ a full time director,” Mr Sore stated.
Mr Sore stressed that he neither owned the company (SIDC) nor a shareholder to it, as people thought, but only an appointed interim director representing government interests.
“The benefits to the director’s post will come when a full-time director is appointed.”
The Opposition has been calling for Sore’e removal since the news came that he was one of the appointed directors of SIDC.
By AATAI JOHN