28 Mar 2008

Solomons opposition wants airline sold

2:41 pm on 28 March 2008

The Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Manasseh Sogavare, has criticised the national carrier, Solomon Airlines, saying it's a burden to the country and not an asset.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Sogavare called on government to sell the airline and to instead boost the government-owned fishing company, Soltai.

He said the company has potential to grow, if given the right support from government.

"The way I see it Mr Speaker fish is that strength of this country you can never go wrong with tuna Mr Speaker. If they need to borrow money, borrow it to revive the company."

The opposition leader also criticised the government for hiking the beer tax, saying it would turn Solomon Islanders to drinking illegal brew which will cause more social problems.