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Western Province Firm On Sogavare's Government

Western Province Firm On Sogavare's Government

The Deputy Premier for Western Province Hon Oliver Zapo said he sees no merit in terminating the Sogavare-led Government from office.

He said the Grand Coalition for Change Government (GCCG) must be allowed to take this country to achieve its Federal Constitution.

In a press statement Mr Zapo said any new change of political government will pose certain uncertainties to the agenda of Federal System of government for Solomon Islands and to the autonomous state Government for the Western Province, he said.

Western Province had expended about $8 million on their endeavour to achieve a higher form of autonomous state government for the people in Western Province since year 2000, he said.

Therefore "the cost the Province has expended to the tasks involved and the very clear encouragement that the Sogavare Government is currently providing for this crucial Federal Constitutional reform and the eminent persons (Elders) group" only serve to confirm the position taken by his government, he said.

And this excluding the cost expended on the same issues since independence.

"The People of Western Province had been very clear to the taskforce committees and the constitution committees that had visited our villages and communities, this has brought great wish for state government for us" he said.

The blunt message was "never come back again to us except when you are to deliver the state government for us" he said.

Zapo said also various Province in our country are advocating for the same thing. Some highlighted it as 'Bona Fide Demands' some voiced out 'Revenue Sharing' other talked about 'State power' and in Western they expressed it in a laymen's expression which is 'State Government'

All of these are parcelled in the federal reform that the current Government is now seriously facilitating.

"Therefore as a politician we are directly responsible for this reform for the Western Province" he said.

He said the Western are comforted to learn that this current Government take this federal reform as their number one priority and their flag carrier agenda for Solomon Islands.

Zapo said the Government should maintain their majority in order for the agenda, which so dear to the Western peoples, can be completed and properly achieved.

He said the Western Provincial Government has fully supported the current Government because it pledges to implement the policy which would benefit the Provincial Government and the indigenous people in Western Province.


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