BY ALEX DADAMU
THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT), McKinney Dentana has urged fellow citizens to show a little appreciation and acknowledgment of the Government’s commitment during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Dentana was speaking at the talkback show on Sunday, September 20 stating that despite the many financial challenges and difficulties faced, the government is committed to prepare and respond to any issue that may arise or the possibility of COVID-19 importation into the country.
“Despite the financial difficulties and challenges the country is facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, the government is maintaining its strong commitment to ensuring all proposed operation is properly carried out to ensure the country’s safety.
“The commitment is the priority of the national government through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury that is in terms of allocating and mobilizing of financial services especially resources,” PS Dentana said.
He further stated that there are three (3) key pressures and areas in which the government is focusing on.
“Border Operation – this is one important area where a lot of resource and personals has been sent or deployed to protect the border from the COVID-19 threat.
“Camp Management – Government is ensuring that the work of camp Management is properly financed and properly resourced so that they can carry out their work effectively.
“Lastly, another main focus of the Finance and also the COVID-19 oversight committee currently is to ensure that financial resources and services are available to support the Solomon Islands Students in Philippines repatriation and whatever issues that may arise among the students,” PS Dentana said.
Sunday Isles understands that the government is committing millions of dollars to ensure the safe return of the students.