HILARY HOSIA The Nitijela audit panel conducting public hearings for government and state owned enterprises this week is following a new method: they are looking beyond the numbers and zeroing in on how to improve services. The Public Accounts Committee is chaired by Maloelap Senator Bruce Bilimon, a longtime employee at the Ministry of Finance […]
Journal 1/19/1982 P6 Rep Seiberling hopes for Compact in ’83 US Representative John Seiberling told the welcoming crowd at the Majuro airport that 1982 is too early for completion of a Compact of Free Association. He added that he hoped the matter would be placed on the 1983 congressional agenda. Seiberling is chairman of the […]
Ruben Zackhras, a member of the first RMI Nitijela and one of the longest-serving elected leaders in the history of this country, died in Hawaii Wednesday this week. He was 71. Zackhras had been battling cancer for months, though he continued to carry out his duties as ambassador to Fiji until recently.
Journal 10/16/1981 P2 $24M budget for FY1982 The Nitijela Appropriation bill for FY1982 proposed by Minister of Finance Atjang Paul (Ailinglaplap) shows an anticipated $24.7 million for the fiscal year beginning October 14. Revenue comes from four sources: local revenues, US grant general funds, special US agency grants, and foreign aid from Japan. Paul commended […]
HILARY HOSIA Arguments over a reported bribe attempt, the RMI’s “SOV” plan, and the proposed Rongelap investment zone dominated Nitijela’s first session day Monday after a three-week break for committee hearings. You could describe Monday’s session as a rugby scrum, with battling parties locked head to head and kicking the ball back and forth.
Team Marshall Islands — athletes, coaches and facilitators from the 2018 Micronesian Games in Yap — received a standing ovation from Nitijela leaders Monday morning following an introduction from long time National Olympic Committee executive board member and Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Utilities Tony Muller. Speaker Kenneth Kedi said no one ever received a […]
Nitijela’s first business day of the current session, August 7, saw members focus on the RMI’s proposed SOV digital currency, plan to host the Micronesian Games, and possible reduction in the 50 cent per pound copra price. Exchanges during the first question and answer session of the new session included: • Wotho Senator David Kabua […]
Journal 7/10/1981 P1 Floating bar coming The Nauru Local Government Council (NLGC) is planning to build a floating bar in Majuro, according to the June 10 issue of The Nauru Post. Namura Shipyard Company of Osaka is being contracted by the NLGC to fabricate an elaborate floating steel structure which will be knocked down into […]
Journal 4/17/1981 P9 Marshallese theology students learn they share similar problems with American Indians Three Marshallese students — Kaje Kattil, Riten Menke and Nashion Naiser — of the Marshalls Theological College discovered that Marshallese and Indian Americans have many things in common in a recent trip to the mainland. Both Marshallese and Indian Americans have […]
Journal 1/9/1981 P1 Second Nitijela session opened By Akio Heine The second Constitutional Nitijela session reconvened January 5. After Speaker Atlan Anien called for the opening of the 1981 session, Rev. Jude Samson of Uliga Protestant Memorial Church gave the invocation. Everybody then stood up and sang a hymn, “O Master Let Me Walk With […]