A THIRD logging company has left Malaita Province on Monday due to outstanding dues to the province.
Woodland Enterprises Logging company was forced to leave on Monday without any round log.
Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, resource owner Max Bobby said Woodland Enterprises loaded its machines and left on Monday.
Mr. Bobby said the logging company tried to load around 150 round logs with their machines onto their barge but was ordered stop which forced the logger to leave without a single log.
He said the 150 round logs are at Fote log pond.
Mr. Bobby said the logs belong to the resource owners, the people of Gerea Land where the logging did its operation.
“We allowed the loggers to leave with their properties and leave without taking our resources with them.”
Mr.Bobby said if the loggers want the logs then he is ready to battle with them in court.
Woodland Logging Company is amongst the group of foreign loggers that failed to pay up their revenue to Malaita Province which amounted to $1.5 million.
This is the third logging company to leave due to continuous pressure mounted by the MARA government to ensure loggers do the right thing by paying up provincial dues.
The latest action by resource owners to halt 150 round logs from the loggers demonstrated a fine collaboration between resource owners and Malaita Provincial Government, it was reported.
By WILSON SAENI