INDIGENOUS ADVOCATE LASHED OUT AT LOGGING IN RENBEL

A water table near the Lake Tengano has been cleared by logging activity. Photo credit: SIBC.

                                                       A water table near the Lake Tengano has been cleared by logging activity. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Advocacy Association (SIIPHRAA) has questioned why national and provincial governments have failed to restrain Samling San Logging Company from operating in West Rennell.

This follows a recent road accident which resulted in the death of one person and five others being seriously injured.

SIIPHRAA General Secretary, Buddy Wickhams Noamasahu questioned why responsible authorities never take action to avoid such incidents.

“We don’t know why the responsible authorities never restrained the company from using the deteriorating roads as they do not meet standard requirements.”

He says they are also concerned that vehicles used by the company are not safe.

“Another thing we are concerned about especially the indigenous people of Rennell Bellona province is that the vehicles used are not safe and to make it worse, they are using very bad roads to travel.”

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