Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua called on the Prime Minister to clarify today’s headline of the Solomon Star and Island Sun alleging that the government is facing a crisis in its 2014 budget.
The headline authored by veteran journalist, Alfred Sasako claimed that the government has been forced to slash this year’s constituency funding from 6-Million per constituency to 2.8-Million.
Hon. Dr Sikua said the headline can create unnecessary anxiety to the public and therefore warrants a clarification from the Prime Minister.
Dr Sikua said the 2012 and 2013 budget allocations, funding assistance from the Government of the Republic of China has always been 1-Million and the contribution from the Solomon Islands Government towards rural development has always been 1.8-Million.
He said if the source is referring to SIG funding support to constituencies through various government ministries, the prime minister should clarify to the public which ministry’s funding will be affected.