BY BEN BILUA
PREMIER of Malaita Province says integrity is an important virtue that should be considered in any development.
Speaking at the launch of World Vision– USAID $8million project for Community Disaster Resilience on Tuesday, Premier Daniel Suidani said integrity plays a key role in the development and implementation of the project.
“Without integrity for the implementation of the intentions of this project, we will end up with is a framework for soliciting funds for the satisfaction of a few,” Suidani said.
“This is not what the government of Malaita Province wants to see but rather a project that truly help those that are intended to be assist under the project,” he added.
“It’s about resilience and finding opportunities to ensure our vulnerable places and people are given the integrity needed for them to mitigate the effects of Climate Change.
“The project we are launching today (Tuesday) I believe is about putting integrity into action.”
Suidani emphasised that community participation should be given prominent roles in the implementation process of the project to avoid short term and dead-end outcome.
He stressed that he is confident the project is heading to a new direction to mitigate the effects of climate change by strengthening mechanisms that would reduce the effect of climate change on vulnerable communities within the project’s implementation plans.
“Ideally Malaita province would like to see that there be sustainability in the outcomes of the project.
“We want to see lasting solutions and not band aid solutions.
“We want to see progress that leads to prosperity, and prosperity that leads to sustainability,” he said.
Suidani said projects have come and go on Malaita province with little impact on people’s lives and this must be changed.