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Thursday, January 10, 2008

PM Dr. Sikua made his first official visit to Malaita Provincial town

Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua is on a brief visit to the Malaita provincial capital, Auki. Dr. Sikua left for the provincial town this morning.

This is the first official visit by the prime minister outside of Honiara since becoming prime minister. He was elected to the highest political post three weeks ago on December 20.

In his visit Dr. Sikua is expected to hold talks with in Auki with the Province's executive.

In an earlier report from SIBC, Dr. Sikua is requesting an up-to-date report on the Auluta Palm Oil project in Malaita from the ministry of Agriculture.

Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua says the action taken by his office indicates the importance of the project to his government. He said the project is important, not only to the people of Malaita, but Solomon Islands as a whole.

Prime Minister Sikua said many young people from the province who want to work could be engaged.

At the same time, he said people in and around Auluta Basin area would expect spin-off benefits from the project.

The Auluta Palm Oil project will be developed in the East Fataleka and East Kwara'ae areas of Malaita's Eastern region.

The Prime Minister says his government maintains the Auluta Basin project as a national priority.

Source: SIBC

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