17 Sep 2007

Provincial premiers in Solomon Islands suggest re-deployment of some Ramsi staff

11:24 am on 17 September 2007

Provincial Premiers in Solomon Islands have recommended that the presence of RAMSI officers be scaled down in provinces that have very low crime rates.

They recommended that officers posted to these areas be re-deployed to other provinces which are yet to fully recover.

The Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation reported the meeting of provincial premiers said these officers may also be used to take part in various development areas.

The premiers also strongly recommended that Provincial grants be increased in the next financial year.

The premiers say the current provincial grants are far below sustainable level as goods and services are expensive.

They say that if provincial grants are increased, the provinces can be part of the Bottom Up approach and deliver services to the people at an acceptable level.