Volekana tribe discusses dev’t aspirations with PM

A TWELVE member group representing the Volekana Tribe in Choiseul Province has met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare this afternoon to discuss the group’s development aspirations on their tribal lands.

The group also presented their development plan and discussed issues surrounding their tribal lands, especially, the development of Wagina Island and other surrounding areas.

Issues discussed range from land and resources, tribal ownership, settlements and the potential of the island to host an economic zone.

In receiving the group’s development proposal, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare thanked the group for their initiative to offer their land for development.

He assured them that Government will look into the development plan and will assist wherever possible to ensure the island is developed to benefit people in the area.

“I am glad that you have taken the initiative to present your ideas to the National Government and I would like to encourage you to establish an understanding amongst yourselves and others around you to develop your land for the benefit of everyone,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.

The Prime Minister was also pleased with the group’s existing approach in organising themselves into a Trust Board to spearhead the development aspirations of the tribe.

“I am glad that you have organized yourselves into a single group and now let’s work from our current strength to settle outstanding issues to move forward together,” the Prime Minister said.

The group has also assured the Prime Minister of their next approach to peacefully settle any outstanding issues surrounding Wagina Island ahead of any potential developments on the Island.

Source: GCU, press release

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