Mr Trent Kai made the call because there is lack of provincial leadership and directives in the province, resulting in uncertainties surrounding the province’s political and socio-economic services.
Mr Kai said the provincial government seems not to be doing what it supposed to be doing.
He said one good example is the closure of the only secondary school and airfield in the province creating uncertainties on teachers and students of the province.
“Even other services like health and shipping to name a few is affected,” Kai said.
He calls on the minister to step in quickly to suspend the assembly and appoint a committee to look after the affairs of the province because it looks like the current assembly is not performing.
But the Renbell provincial secretary Adrian Tuhanuku replied they are working very hard on addressing these issues head on.
He stated the act clearly stipulate on what grounds an assembly or anyone can be suspended therefore it is not good to badly paint us on the paper and demonise and scare investors and donors
Mr Tuhanuku said they are midway through their negotiations with key stakeholders regarding the airfield and the province’s education authority had met to discuss and solve whatever the problem.
“We don’t want to take any shortcut on these issues but want to ensure the end result will be a long lasting one to benefit the people of Renbell,” Mr Tuhanuku said.
He calls on Renbell people to go back to their province to clarify their doubts about the province rather than demonising the province and scare off investors and donors.
Meanwhile Tuhanuku highlighted that Renbell has nothing like private sector and civil society exists to strengthen and guide the government.
“We find difficulties because we don’t have civil societies with established councils and private sector in the province. All Renbell people should go back and invest in their province to be able to assist the government. So by attacking the government this way is unfair,” Tuhanuku remarked.
The minister and his permanent secretary were not available for comment yesterday.
By Daniel Namosuaia
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