The Premier of Malaita Province, Richard Na'amo, encourages Solomon Islanders to participate in this year's 29th Independence Anniversary celebrations in Auki, Malaita province.

Premier Na'amo made the invitation during a meeting with the National Independence Committee in Honiara yesterday.

Being the first province to host the national independence celebration, Premier Na'amo said his people welcome their fellow citizens to celebrate together in the spirit of unity.

The SIBC reports that the Premier and his Provincial Secretary both brushed aside rumors' of security threats reported earlier in the media.

Premier Irosaea stated that in anticipation of the celebrations the Government has started an alcohol free campaign to discourage people from producing illegal alcohol such as Kwaso and other related drugs.

The Premier stated that he is very confident in the local police, adding they could handle any security problems with professionalism.

Meanwhile, Provincial Secretary Harold Leka said all preparations sectors are well underway as Auki braces itself for the national event.