MALAITANS CAUTIONED NOT TO BE OVER EXCITED ABOUT MAJOR PROJECTS

MPA Lesley Kwaiga. Photo credit: independent.academia.edu

MPA Lesley Kwaiga. Photo credit: independent.academia.edu

Malaita Provincial member for Ward Seven, Mr Leslie Kwaiga has cautioned Malaitans not to be over excited about the establishment of Auluta Basin and Waisisi Oil Palm developments.

Mr. Kwaiga says this is despite the recent announcement of the purchase of 50,000 seedlings by the National Government.

MPA Kwaiga explains realistically, the National Government has failed to build appropriate infrastructure at Auluta Basin and Waisisi to cater for the development of Oil Palm Plantations or for any major development on Malaita.

He says appropriate and proper infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for any major developments. He adds Malaita does not have such infrastructure in place.

Mr. Kwaiga says the Auluta Basin concept was first drawn up in 1977. It was not until 2009 before the groundbreaking ceremony took place.

He calls on the National Government to honestly tell Malaitans how the Oil Palm plantations will be financed, owned and managed.

The Provincial Member says it is prudent for the National Government to explain to the perpetual estate holders, the scheme of arrangement for the use of their lands- whether by outright purchase or by lease.

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