Provincial Governments will play a crucial role in implementing the Government’s National Border Security Strategy.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this when he acknowledged the presence of Western Provincial Premier David Gina together with the Deputy Premiers of Choiseul and Malaita Provinces during the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Western Border and Patrol Boat Outpost at Lofung in the Shortland Islands on Wednesday.
Sogavare said as political leaders running Provincial affairs, supporting and promoting a safe and secure community is important.
Last year at the launch of the National Security Strategy and National Border Strategy, it was highlighted that Provincial Governments will play an important role in security, especially with border security.
“With the establishment of this project, I fully encourage the Ministry of Police, National Security, and Correctional Service, to work closely with respective provincial governments, to ensure that your strategic plans are in alignment with the goals and polices of provincial governments,” Sogavare said.
This Border and Patrol Boat Outpost will see the beginning of enhanced border management that will incorporate police, maritime, and law enforcement agencies. It is an undertaking that will involve, time, planning, finance and dedication.
The Prime Minister expects that relevant Ministries will take this initiative and start working together to ensure that they deliver on their mandate to provide security for our border communities.