DEAR EDITOR – Please allow me space to express my concern about the bad state of Lengakiki road.
I think it is long overdue now that government has ignored maintaining the Lengakiki road.
The Lengakiki road serves two vital government revenue Ministries namely Ministry of Forestry and Ministry Mines including most government ministers, Diplomatic dignitaries and the Police Commissioner.
The bad state of Lengakiki road has brought about the serious road safety of the surrounding communities, government employees, government dignitaries, Diplomatic Corps and pedestrians.
PS of the Ministry of Works should take serious consideration on the bad state of Lengakiki road for the safety of everyone.
The current road needs immediate tarmac replacement to seal the large potholes.
DEAR EDITOR – We note from letters to your paper yesterday 31st October , a claim made by a Jim Hite about SITCO products.
The Factory has stringent quality assurance measures in place and the products are manufactured to a high standard and according to best practices.
To date our investigations show that none of our customers have raised any similar concerns with us, therefore, we do not believe that these claims are true.
We are more than happy to sit down with Mr Jim Hite to discuss the matter further.
Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Manager
DEAR EDITOR – Ben Curson once said: "THINK BIG"..simply to say let’s think out of the box.
I believe and I feel that our police force need to be empowered.
Empowerment comes with promotion.
Promotion depends largely on the hierarchy of authority.
Authority comes with discipline.
Discipline comes with command and command comes with respect. Perhaps, this is where the paradox lies.
My belief is that for situations where we can control, we only need police personnel to take charge, but for situations that we cannot control we need the presence of army.
And I think Solomon Islands needs to have its own army or military forces to take care of its own matters.
Hi folks! I am not talking about TOM, DICK and HARRY to join the military forces or army.
I am talking about the current police personnel and the well educated Solomon Islanders.
Send them overseas to train in the military institutions in PNG, Fiji, NZ, Australia, US, Taiwan, UK, etc.
Army is the highest hierarchy of authority in any military organisation.
And I think our nation must be firmly secured. Once our nation is secured people will have confidence in themselves.
And when our people are confident they will be free to move around. Essentially, when they have the freedom, they will enjoy what they are doing.
Subsequently, we will have good citizens.
Vanuatu is a good example of this. The fact of the matter is Vanuatu is a Melanesian country just like Solomon Islands.
Vanuatu has 100 plus cultures compared to Solomon Islands with 80 plus cultures. Vanuatu with its military forces is very much peaceful than Solomon Islands.
Above all, Vanuatu currency is the strongest of all other Pacific Island nations' currency. But they are well off with their military forces.
There is another country if we can prove our facts right. This country is called Switzerland.
Actually, Switzerland is just another small country in Europe with very strong military forces and it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful nations in the world today.
Switzerlanders' reputation made Euro a powerful currency today in our world.
They have a very powerful economy, powerful currency, powerful army forces, powerful reputation, and powerful attitudes.
Switzerland continues to keep its neutrality and identity.
Hence, dear Solomon Islanders, I don't believe every country with military forces or army caused more harm to its nation.
Actually they protect their nations and their people and their resources.
Let me call upon any of our honourable members in the Parliament to draft a Private Member's Bill for the inception of 'Solomon Islands Military Forces or Solomon Islands Army.
Otherwise, the Minister for Police and Justice could do that and initiate such a Bill.
What do you think folks?
University of Goroka
Papua New Guinea
DEAR EDITOR – Within a year or so we will go back to the polling stations and drop those ballot papers again for the new MPs or our choice, for the next four years from 2014 to 2018.
By which time most of our youths should turn 18 years old. The right age for voting says the law.
Mr Electoral Commissioner the current voter’s registration lists we have at this time are now out of date. Hem blo taem blo the ark builder Mr Noah iet ia. Staka eligible voters no longer liveth, more pikinini born and the 18 years old narawe go moa, update those lists is the eposide here my good Commissioner.
The ghost names in your current lists are on the increase so as the 18 year olds. What should we do, sit and watch the increase?
Mr Me herem news has it a $10 million budget was allocated to cater for these lists of out of date updates.
I stand correction what happen, what are we waiting for, waiting for the sun go down or waitem lua? High tide, come up. No man-power to do the job or budget is not enough I guess!
Let’s begin the registration process now at the 10th hour so that by the time the clock points at the 11th hour things would have been done.
What a freedom of choice destroyed if our names are not written in the book of registration come 2014 general election.
DEAR EDITOR – I write in response to the letter ‘Sewerage fault’ (Leonard Williams, 30.10.12).
SIWA’s maintenance team treats sewer blockages very seriously and attends to them as a priority.
Honiara’s sewerage system is old and the population has grown significantly since it was installed.
For this reason, there are sometimes issues with blockages and overflows and we work very hard to fix these when they occur.
We never ignore fault reports from our customers and have been responding to the current issue at the property in question since it was reported to us.
Our maintenance team is working to fix the immediate problem and hopes to make pipeline improvements that will stop issues re-occurring.
SIWA is in the process of upgrading the Mbua Valley main sewerage line (with work so far happening upstream of Mr Williams’ property) and will continue until the entire pipeline is improved.
This is a difficult job since it is along a drainage system and the pipeline runs across private property, so it will take some months to complete.
Ongoing issues with sewerage in Honiara will only be remedied by a complete system upgrade.
Early next year SIWA will begin a Sewerage System Review that will help us to address current issues and build a stronger sewerage system for the future.
We will naturally need to seek funding once the review is complete and an upgrade plan determined.
Acting General Manager
Solomon Islands Water Authority
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