By EDDIE OSIFELO
GUADALCANAL Premier, Francis Belande Sade has praised AJ Enterprise Limited for listening to some of their recommendations to allow the progress of the AJ City Mall at Lunga, East Honiara.
This after former Premier Anthony Veke has tussled with the company at the early stage of the development in 2019.
Veke has denied giving approval to the project because the developer had not provided a geo-tech report of the development.
Speaking at the grand opening of the $120 million five storey mall yesterday, Premier Sade said the continuous dialogue with the company has overcome the issues.
Sade said Guadalcanal Provincial Government wants to see the development happen because AJ is one the Guadalcanal’s jurisdiction.
He said very soon the Henderson area will become a township.
However, Sade advised future developers on Henderson to provide their development plans to Guadalcanal Provincial Town and Country Planning Board to vet it first.
He said the provinces had four township projects and asked the government and investors to support them.
In addition, Chief of Malanga, Walton Naezon said the site used to be a sacred site in the past, however the white people came and chased them away.
He said the site is no longer on Honiara but on Malango.
As such, he said the House of Chiefs of Malango and Tandai was proud of the investment.
He said this building is a history.
Naezon urged the Prime Minister to upgrade medical services on Malango because it is the gateway to Honiara.