Mayor: Covid-19, Riots worst challenges in the last year

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HONIARA City Council has experienced many challenges including Covid-19 and the November riots last year.

As a result of Covid-19, some families have lost loved ones and business people lost their properties and victims of looting.

However, City Mayor, Eddie Siapu said the Council has overcome these challenges and continue to move forward with their goals.

Speaking at the Mayor Independence Dinner at National Auditorium last Friday, Mayor Siapu said this would not have been possible without the genuine and honest support from the National Government, our external partners and friends.

“Iam proud to say we are moving forward and making progress in developing our City Honiara,” he said.

Mayor Siapu said Honiara has developed and grown substantially over the years.

“We are forced to tackle the problems of a rapidly increasing population, urbanisation, unemployment and increasing demand for council services.

“With the rapid changes, Honiara City Council over the years has been proactive in working towards resolving issues and improving services,” he added.

Furthermore, Mayor Siapu made special mention to the Guadalcanal farmers that supply food to Central market and other small markets in the outskirts of the city every day.

In the meantime, Mayor Siapu acknowledged the development partners that support HCC.

They are:

  1. New Zealand Government for funding the upgrade of the Multipurpose Hall facility and Youth Hub;
  2. Japanese Government for donation of 2 waste management tipper trucks to be officially handed over on 27th July 2022; and
  3. Peoples Republic of China for donation of 2 rubbish compactors.

He also thanked his Councillors and hardworking staff of HCC for their dedication and backbone of ensuring services within the city is maintained and carried us in a timely and orderly manner.