By Gary Hatigeva
MINISTER for the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) John Dean Kuku says he only travels overseas to attend conferences and oversea meetings if they are necessary.
The Minister clarified this when questioned during Parliament’s Committee Stage proceedings into the 2018 Budget, over the reduction on the cost of travels from $475,979 in the 2017 allocation to a total $124,021 in this year’s budget under the ministry’s costing estimates for MP’s airfares.
In welcoming the response from the MEHRD Minister, the Member of Parliament for Aoke/Langalanga, Matthew Wale supported the sentiments and applauded the minister on his bold decision.
Wale however called on other ministers to see Minister Kuku’s model as a classic example to follow.
This was something many in various local social media forums also welcomed, saying this is not only saving money for the government but also saves time.
The sentiments were something the former Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Honiara, John Moffat Fugui who also shared similar sentiments and suggested that travels should also be done at appropriate timings and if what attended is relevant to the country’s education system.