Western Province Premier, Alex Lokopio handed over the document in a brief ceremony in the Prime Minister's Office yesterday morning.In handing over the document, Premier Lokopio stated that the document was a summary of the work done so far by the Western Provincial Government in its preparation for the federal state government system. Lokopio also revealed that the Western Provincial government spent nearly eight-million dollars to complete the report.
Mr Lokopio said that the report was important because, historically, the Western Province, like Choiseul Province, never accepted the current system of government imposed by Britain because they felt the structure was not suitable.
Prime Minister Sogavare, in response, told the premier that the government really appreciated the document and all the effort put into its production. He said the amount of money spent on the report manifested seriousness by the Western Provincial government in adopting the new government system.