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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 7) - Guadalcanal
Provincial Premier, Waita Ben Tabusasi has threatened to call for a resolution
to suspend the Provincial Assembly to avoid becoming a liability to the Solomon
Islands government and a mockery to the people of Guadalcanal.

In what is thought to be his first official statement since
becoming premier last year, Tabusasi said the provincial government is suffering
from lack of funds because the national government has failed to pay grants due
to the province for the past six months. He said this totals to nearly $1

Premier Tabusasi said in addition to the default, there are also
arrears in grant payments for the previous two years.

He added that these are recorded as debts to be settled under
the debts servicing head in the Government Budget.

Tabusasi said in spite of many assurances by the national
government to pay the outstanding grants, it continues to ignore settlement of
the payments and as a result services to the people of Guadalcanal province
continue to suffer.

Tabusasi said he believes many other provinces and the Honiara
City Council are experiencing the same situation and urges the national
government to address the situation.

He said that provinces serve 80 percent of the country's
population and it is important that government ensure monthly grants are paid to
them on time.

April 8, 2003

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