Gov’t committed to passing Budget

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THE Government remains committed in passing the 2018 Budget.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) yesterday said the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change (SIDCCG) remains devoted to the smooth passage of the Budget.

As such, the Government clarifies statements which it says are misleading, contained in an article by veteran journalist Alfred Sasako in an article yesterday which said that the Government has only five days from March 26, 2018 to approve the Budget in Parliament.

“Sasako’s assumption is a misleading interpretation. We are still within the timeframe and we remain committed in passing the Budget,” it said.

The statement further clarified that the Resolution passed by Parliament in November last year is based on section (103) 1 of the Constitution which allows the Government to meet necessary expenditures until April this year.

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The statement said it is in the interest of this nation and Parliament to pass the Budget.

“No MP in his right mind would want to defeat the Budget. This would be the most irresponsible thing to do as a national leader,” the statement said.

Parliament will resume on Monday March 26 to deliberate on the Budget.

–OPMC PRESS

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