The National Government is keen to develop Suava Bay in North Malaita into a commercial township.Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment Francis Billy Hilly told people of Suava Bay last Friday that the current Government has agreed on that initiative and called on people to support the plan.
Minister Hilly led a high-level government team including the Premier of Malaita Province Richard Irosaea Na'amo to Suava Bay last Friday on a site visit to the area where he assured people of the government's commitment to the project.
The purpose of the trip is to see first-hand the location where the government agrees to open up as a center for industrial development. The Minister said many political governments have talked so much about the project but nothing came into existence.
He said the present Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement (CNURA) government has only two years to work and they want to make sure that these words happen.
"Work will start as soon as possible and that requires the cooperation of everybody in surrounding areas including chiefs and everyone". "To develop a center needs services and help of people in surrounding areas," Minister Hilly said.
The Minister explained to people that the center will benefit them in many ways.
"The development of this center is good because it will create plenty of assistance to this place".
"At the moment you're isolated from commercial centers like Auki and have to travel long distances to access commercial and other crucial social services".
"The establishment of this center will help address your problems" he said. "It will create demand for other development around the place while workers will need commodities that can be produced here".
Minister Hilly said other benefits will include social services such as the presence of police, health and medical care, water and electricity supply and other basic necessities.
"I urge every one to support this initiative to ensure it materialize as soon as possible," he said.
The Minister's delegation also visited Bina Harbour in West Kwaio before holding talks with members of the Provincial Government and Tribal Landowners in Auki last week