13 Dec 2005

Temotu ponders independence from Solomons over lack of development help

2:39 pm on 13 December 2005

Temotu province will be considering its stand of independence because the Solomon Islands national government has not been able to assist it with major development projects.

The Provincial Premier, Johnson Levela, says since independence, the province has not had any economic infrastructure and other related development projects.

He says that since taking office in 2003 a good number of projects have been submitted for government funding but 95 percent of the projects were rejected.

He says that only six projects were promised funding but up until now, they have been delayed unnecessarily although assurances by high ranking government officers have been given to the provincial government.

Mr Levela says that without adequate economic infrastructure, the Temotu provincial government cannot deliver and sustain social services to its people and stop migration.

He says although the province had been trying to help its people over the past 26 years, it has been handicapped by the country's law and acts.

Mr Levela says independence could be the way out from the situation facing his province.