BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela strongly encourages Community Development Officers (CDO) from the country’s 50 constituencies to fairly distribute the solar lamp units which have been donated by Taiwan.
PM Hou has entrusted the fair distribution of the lamps to the 50 CDOs, and encourages recipients to care for the lamps as ‘gifts are not cheap’.
“I trust that in distributing this new equipment the respective CDOs will also take time to remain our children and people especially in rural areas that these solar lamps are not cheap,” Mr Hou said.
“It is a gift given with the goodwill and sacrifice of the people of Taiwan.
“Therefore, we should learn to use the solar lamp for purpose they are gifted and donated, and also look after well so these can be last for as long as possible.”
Minister for Ministry of Rural Development, Mr Duddley Kopu backs Hou’s call by encouraging CDOs to identify and prioritise students from disadvantaged families.
Kopu said the equipment is intended to assist students in their daily studies and other educational activities.
He adds the overall aim of the project initiated by Taiwan is to help Solomon Islands students in all 50 constituencies with better lighting systems for educational programmes and activities.