Gov’t commits to infrastructure development in Guadalcanal: PM

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PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Government will continue to support the maintenance and rehabilitation of Guadalcanal province feeder roads.

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Prime Minister Sogavare in his Second Appointed Day Speech in Marau, East Guadalcanal, said this would help transport owners to continue to provide much needed transport services, investors to continue with normal businesses and rural farmers to bring their market produces to Honiara easily.

The Prime Minister said the Marau to Kuma road is also in plan for 2022/2023.

He said a survey has already taken place for the Mbokokimbo road to Aola in 2020 by Snowy Mountains Engineering cooperation (SMEC), an Australian company.

The Prime Minister adds a survey was also conducted for the white River to Lambi road in 2019 as well.

“It is my Government’s desire to see all these come into fruition. This is a commitment on the part of the Government to honour the Townsville Peace Agreement,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare adds that the reopening of the Avuavu and Mbabanakira provincial airfields are very important for the ease of travelling and conducting business.

Therefore, he said the Government through the responsible ministries are working on plans to conduct feasibility studies to ensure these infrastructures are reopened and airline services resumed. 

“Avuavu airport need scoping by engineers since the airport was closed for a long time. As for Mbabanakira airport, I understand that issues with the Solomon Airlines needs to be sorted out first before a survey can be conducted,” the Prime Minister said.

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