Wednesday, 25 June 2008 8:11 AM

Please Give Reasons for Resignation, says Sogavare

The National Parliamentary Opposition Group has called on the Chairman of the National Provident Fund (NPF) board, Mr Adrian Wickham, who reportedly resigned at the weekend due to Government pressure to remove Mr Robinson, to explain the reasons for his resignation.

Mr. Sogavare said that the Opposition Group believes "there is more behind the resignation of Mr Wickham and Mr Wickham needs to come clean on this matter."

Sogavare also called on the Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua to use his reserved powers under the country's Telecommunication Act to end the telecommunication crisis besetting the country.

The Leader of the Opposition Group, Hon Manasseh Sogavare said the crisis has now entered another week which goes to show that the government is not taking a bold stand in its effort to resolve the dispute between the striking employees of the Our Telekom Company and the company's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Martyn Robinson.

He said the Prime Minister under the Solomon Islands Telecommunication Act is vested with the power to end the crisis by temporarily taking over Our Telekom Company in the occasion of any public emergency or in the interest of public safety.

The Leader of Opposition said a practical step that must be taken by the Government is to immediately launch a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and establish why it has taken the board of NPF, the major shareholder in Our Telekom Company so long to resolve the industrial dispute.

He said in the meantime the Government should issue an order for the temporary removal of Mr Robinson and another order for the return of the striking workers so as to restore normal telecommunication services to the nation.

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