THE man behind the idea of building a road across Makira, Reginald Nunu, says he has received positive responses from the Makira Ulawa Provincial Government, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, and the Ministry of Forests and Research in Honiara for his project.
Mr Nunu who is Managing Director of Bawest logging company said in Kira Kira June 29, 2021 that the authorities have all endorsed the idea to build a road from Waita in West Bauro Ward and Tetere in Haununu Ward.
And he said as building the road is an expensive exercise, he had applied to the Ministries especially the Ministry for Finance to consider granting him and Bawest logging company tax exemptions on duty log exports.
Mr Nunu said while MID and the Ministry of Forests and Research have endorsed the application for export duty exemptions from log exports, the Duty Exemption Committee of the Ministry of Finance has yet responded.
He said as there is a time-line to the request, it is important to hear from the Committee, the sooner the better.
Mr Nunu said he had requested the export duty exemptions because there are streams and rivers along the road that will need culverts and bridges to be built across them.
And the road is important, he said because it will link a proposed Don Bosco Rural Training Centre at Tetere Plateau in Haununu Ward, and a proposed 2,500 hectare Cattle Ranching Project at Wango Plateau in Arosi 1 of Ward 8 with the West Makira Road.
By George Atkin – Kira Kira Correspondent