16 Sep 2002

More barriers being erected around Solomons Government offices

4:36 pm on 16 September 2002

The Solomon Islands Government is extending a security barrier restricting access to its ministries.

Last month a barbed wire cordon, patrolled by police, was set up outside the Finance Ministry and the adjacent Prime Minister's Office, to try and stop members of the public from making undue demands on staff for compensation.

There had been several instances of money being extorted by former militants, who threatened the government officials.

Last week the Government disbursed millions of dollars loaned by Taiwan to people claiming compensation following the unrest of two years ago.

While the crowds demanding compensation have now dispersed, the Government intends extending its security fence as a precaution.

A permanent security barrier is to be built around several other ministries located in the same part of the capital.