Western chiefs body strengthened

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By Mike Puia

Gizo

AT least 15 chiefs from the Western province will attend a workshop next week to look at structuring and registering the Famoa Council of Chiefs (FCC).

The two-day workshop, which is sponsored by the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) and facilitated by Western provincial peace and reconciliation office, is proposed to open in Gizo next Tuesday.

Western provincial peace and reconciliation deputy director, Wilson Liligeto, confirmed that chiefs mostly from Shortland Islands will attend the workshop.

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“The workshop is purposely to allow the Famoa Council of Chiefs to re-look at the structure of the council and to look at the possibility of having the body registered under the charitable act,” Mr Liligeto said.

He said these work are part of their effort to strengthen the work of chiefs in the province.

“The workshop is in line with the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for change government (SIDCCG) policy document which pledges to recognise, strengthen and empower traditional governance systems and structures and protect and preserve the diversity of our organic traditions and culture in Solomon Islands,” Liligeto said.

He said after settling the FCC, being the final council of chiefs, they will move to deal with houses of chiefs.

Liligeto said they have been registering council of chief since 2013 and to date nine councils have been registered. FCC will be the 10th.

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