Thursday, 12 March 2009 3:44 PM

Bina Harbour Industrial Seaport Project Still on Hold

The Opposition group has questioned the government on the current status of the much touted Bina Harbour Industrial Seaport in today's parliament meeting.

The Opposition Leader, Manasseh Sogavare said that a lot of development initiatives earmarked for Malaita Province hinges on the successful establishment of such a Seaport.

Speaking on behalf of the government the Minister for Rural Development, Planning and Aid Coordination, Hon. Fred Fono said that the government is still trying to get consent signed by landowning.

"Most of the landowner groups are satisfied with the agreement lease that the government has put across. However, only one group refused to sign the consent agreement;" Mr. Fono informed Parliament. "The government is waiting on the outcome by the magistrate's court that is looking into the issue."

He then added that while this may be seen as a setback, it is important to note that there has been much progress in the past15 years when the idea was first floated. Mr. Fono said that he believes that the project will materialize despite few constraints dominated by land disputes.

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