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Councillor labels HCC meeting on Multi-purpose Hall illegal

BY BEN BILUA

HONIARA City Council (HCC) meeting last week to approve the Multi-purpose Hall project has been dubbed illegal.

Appointed Councillor Reginal Ngati said the council meeting failed to meet the quorum as required under HCC law.

He said nine councillors and 4 ex officio which includes the members of Parliament for East, Central and West Honiara plus the Premier of Guadalcanal were not part of the meeting.

“Our reason to boycott this meeting are; first, there is no agenda prepared prior to the meeting and second, there were no ex officio confirmed to attend prior to the council meeting schedule,” Councillor Ngati explained.

He said the nine councillors were disappointed there was no agenda for the meeting though Honiara City Council work programmes have been broken down over the past months.

“Look at HCC-owned Schools, there are lots of issues.

“Honiara City Development projects are not forthcoming and yet there is no agenda proposed for this meeting. This is very disappointing,” Cr Ngati added.

He stressed that the council meeting last week was supposed to be an opportunity for all HCC leaders to meet and discuss other issues along with the approval of Multipurpose Hall Project.

On the same note, Cr Ngati questions the Mayor as to why there was no Council meeting after the first meeting held earlier this year.

He said City councillors should meet quarterly every year as required by the law – but this is not the case for the current HCC government.

Cr Ngati said they only had one meeting this year with no further meeting proposed though the year is closing to its end.

He calls on the Mayor and City Clerk to make fair judgements on pending issues rather than jumping to other development while lots of HCC development programmes are still pending.

Attempts to get comments from HCC and the Honiara City Mayor were unsuccessful.

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