Solomons Opposition Claims Current Government ‘Lacks Direction’

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PM Lilo reportedly sticking to NCRA’s original policies

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 1, 2012) – Opposition Leader Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua has expressed concern that the style of leadership portrayed by Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo will not at all deliver the National Coalition for Reform and Advancement (NCRA) Government’s expected outcomes of its policies.

Dr. Sikua made this call amidst clarification by the Prime Minister that he will not produce any new policy document and implementation strategy, but will remain committed to the original NCRA policy documents.

He said that he is still not convinced by the Prime Minister’s response now that the Prime Minister had initially announced changes and improvements to the original NCRA policy.

"That is precisely the point and the Prime Minister should systematically specify the changes or improvements that he has referred to.

"It is pointless talking about building a better capacity and a good environment for economic growth when there is no sense of direction to the so-called amended NCRA policy.

"There is also the question of policy priority of the Darcy Lilo-led NCRA. If economic growth, social justice, law and order, public trust and education are the current government’s priorities as mentioned by the Prime Minister, then what emphasis and strategy has he established to ensure that these priorities can be fulfilled?," the Opposition Leader said.

Dr. Derek Sikua also questioned whether the abolition of the bureau was part of the Darcy Lilo-led NCRA’s policy priority.

"Parliament has approved SB$45 million [US$6.1 million] for the Bureau to establish the growth centers and other associated programs, and it will be interesting to know what the Prime Minister has in place to substitute the work of the now abolished bureau and how the funds allocated for this setup has been disbursed," he said.

The Opposition Leader said the Prime Minister should act responsibly and present to the nation a plain simple document outlining his strategic plans to achieving his notion for economic growth, social justice, law and order, public trust and education rather than resorting to making general and sweeping statements with no vision and proper guidelines.

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