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The Solomon Islands Government as part of its land reform agenda is closely monitoring the eviction issues both at White River and Henderson.
In a Joint Statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, the government stated that it is treating these issues as a matter of priority and as part of that the government’s initiative to address this issue, a Land Taskforce has been established to closely monitor the situation and provide the Government with technical support.
The Chairman of the Land Taskforce, Leonard Rotu, stated that currently the Land Taskforce is embarking on a data collection phase. This data collection stage is necessary to provide the Government with the necessary information to support decisions on how to proceed in addressing the current issue.
The government understands that discussions between the Member of Parliament for West Honiara, Namson Tran and representatives of Hatanga Limited, have progressed well and commends both parties in their attempts to reach an amicable solution. It is understood that as a result of their discussions Surveyors have already carried out initial surveying work with support from Officials of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey.
A committee established by the displaced persons have also met with senior government officials to voice their concerns and raise pertinent issues. The government has provided the assurance that, although progress is still in its infant stages, the government through the Land Taskforce will be addressing these issues as a matter of priority.
In a broader context, Officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Lands are also in the process of formulating policy and finalising the establishment of a Committee to address wider issues relating to temporary settlements in and around Honiara.
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