THE Opposition Group has supported the call by the Leader of the Independent Group Hon Dr Derek Sikua for the suspension of the Forest Commissioner for granting of a licence to the logging company operating out of Eden Bay in West Guadalcanal.
Opposition Leader Hon Manasseh Maelanga said the clear violation of the Forestry Act as seen in the nature of the logging activities carried out and the statement by former North-West Guadalcanal MP Siriako Usa in the Island Sun that the logging operation was approved by the Ministry of Forest and Research warrants the suspension of Commissioner of Forests Mr Reeves Moveni.
Maelanga said the suspension of Moveni is crucial to allow for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his granting of a logging licence to a company that is clearly not worthy and non-compliant with the Forestry Act.
He said the environmental damages caused by the logging operation to waterways and beaches at the Eden Bay is extensive and do not only impact on locals but Honiara residents who have been frequenting the sites for leisure.
The Opposition Leader said the Public Service Commission must do the right thing by ensuring the suspension of Mr Moveni because his decision to grant a licence to the company reeks of corruption.