Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale has urged the Prime Minister to take responsibility for the nationâs current economic state.
Wale made this call following the Prime Ministerâs recent budget announcement, where he outlined the uncertainties and risks that could negatively impact the fiscal outlook for 2022.
The Prime Minister his speech pointed out that the negative impacts of covid-19, along with any decline in logging would adversely affect this Countryâs economy.
However, while acknowledging the impacts the pandemic is having on the economy, the Leader of Opposition strongly rejected the PM’s presentation, pointing out that it is not the cause for the countryâs dire economic state.
Wale asserted that the poor state of the economy, is due to Governmentâs heavy reliance on logging.
The Opposition Leader stressed that, âour tragic economic state is a direct result of Government heavily relying on this exploitive, unjust and corrupt industryâ.
According to Wale, Government and key leaders have been at best grossly negligent or even complicit in allowing this disaster-generating industry to carry on over the years.
âSogavare as Prime Minister for the fourth time,â Wale emphasized, âbears more responsibility for the exploitative logging practices and the lack of reforms to this sectorâ.
This, the Opposition Leader stressed, is the main reason for our dire economic situation.
âIf this continues, then I am afraid the Prime Minister is setting up this nation and its people for further exploitation,â Wale added.
The Leader of Opposition concluded that it is therefore a matter of great urgency and importance that the Prime Minister takes responsibility for this nationâs grim state by putting a stop to exploitative logging practices.