BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
RELOCATION of residents (Islanders from different provinces) from Smoking area at Tulaghi is part of sympathy that Central Islands Provincial Government has for the people.
CIP Premier Hon Patrick Vasuni made this clarification after learning that there are different perspectives from people as well in their move to make way for the new development of a domestic wharf to be built there soon mid-year. The main one gossiped off is of political interest.
Families settling at Smoking area are islanders from different provinces such as from Temotu, Makira, Malaita and Isabel who went to work at Tulaghi during when Solomon Taiyo and the National Fisheries Development (NFD) were operating in CIP.
The islanders ever since have continued to live and generate at Tulaghi amongst the former fishing companies left areas after they were being relocated to another province (Western Province). One of the areas living within is at Smoking which was a place for smoking fish dry during the past.
“Residents at Smoking area have always been effective participants in the province activities so they deserve too to be relocated in a suitable environment for their livelihood.
“Living almost half their entire livelihood at Tulaghi makes them being no stranger to the province but are part of CIP’s family and citizens,” said the Premier.
CIP’s Premier and his Executive Government has already met and passed the area for relocation which is just inland (upper hill) of Smoking area.