Monday, 22 February 2010 9:27 AM

Ombudsman's Office Investigates State Owned Utilities

Ombudsman Joe Porowai calls on public service providers in Honiara not to fear the investigation being carried out by his office.

The Ombudsman had announced last Friday that his office will be investigating municipal services and utilities in all three constituencies of Honiara.

These include the Solomon Islands Water Authority, Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Solomon Islands Postal Corporation, Inland Revenue and the Department of works.

Mr Porowai says the investigation will not disrupt operations of the service providers and should be treated as an opportunity to know the work they are doing.

Mr Poraiwai says the investigation will involve an analysis of complaints by the public about the services provided in Honiara by SIEA, SIWA, SI Postal Corporation, Inland Revenue and the Department of Works.

Mr Poraiwai says his role as Ombudsman is to foster accountability and transparency and to serve the citizens of this country.

He calls on the public to participate in the survey and investigations to be conducted within Honiara.
He also invites members of the public to submit their views directly to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Ombudsman Joe Porowai has emphasized that all information provided to the office will remain strictly confidential.

Upon completion of the investigations, the Ombudsman's Office will make recommendations on its findings to relevant authorities.