Southern Pacific Wood Trading Company boss Mr La clarifies his company’s status on the issue of tubi export stating the earlier reports are inaccurate.
He clarified claiming that the reports carried by this paper are not correct to his knowledge of what had happened.
Nolan Jolo a claimed rightful landowner of Gothaha-Thagoma land stated that he successfully won his case in the high court against a Taiwanese logger and has the company brought to justice.
And questioned the legality of the Company’s continuous ripping off their resources as well as why the forests commissioner Mr Moveni authorised the export of Tubi Round logs.
“Claims of the Solomon Islands Forests Commissioner Reeves Moveni has allegedly authorised us to export tubi was inaccurate.
“And we do not have any milling licenses as claimed due to cancellation of the licenses. We only buy tubi from landowners who have licenses for tubi felling,” he said.
Southern Pacific Wood Trading Company understood only has a milling license to operate on San Jorge which was later cancelled in 12th July 2013 by Mr Moveni.
La said his company never at any time manipulated the system but did follow through all formal procedures.
“After the first export permit was cancelled we seek advice from the forestry commission on which he did direct us on the rightful procedures which we did.
“Doing so we obtained a new permit for export of tubi only after buying them from landowners and not felling them ourselves,” he claimed.
Documents obtained showed approval by the environment director dated July 11 2014 giving permission to export tubi by South Pacific Wood Trading Company Limited.
“Having considered and satisfied with the application by South Pacific Wood Trading Company Limited under section 18 of the Wildlife Protection and Management Regulation Act 1998.
“And cabinet decision extract conclusion C4  4 dated 13/02/14, it is hereby advised that approval has been granted for the company to export specimens of Xanthostemon specie from the country.
“This permission only applies to the current stock already processed for export and shown in the attached documents.”
La said they only act on what has been set legal as exporter and did not make anything outside the rightful path.
He also added that Mr Nolan Jolo’s claims as rightful landowner to the pertaining land is not right because the issue is still disputed.
Claimed that Jolo’s stand that he won a court case was false because never at any time did this particular person challenged them in court.
“This so called claimed landowner is making false claims that he did win a case in court against us already when he did not actually.
“He actually made those cases against Chunsol and Karmen,” he said.
By Bradford Theonomi