1 Mar 2004

Landowers in Pavuvu Islands in the Solomons want overdue logging levies paid out

3:13 pm on 1 March 2004

Indigenous landowners of Pavuvu Islands in Solomon Islands say they are still waiting for money promised by the government and a logging company.

The group says it was promised a rehabilitation payment of seven point five per cent levy on logged-out land.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports a spokesman for the landowners, Reginald Kokili, says although the Marving Brothers received millions of dollars from logs exported during their operations between 1995 and 98, nothing has been paid to the people.

Mr Kokili says in addition to the levy, classrooms, wharves, roads and other infrastructure was also promised by the company.

He says the current Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, was the then minister for Forestry and supported the logging