By: JCPU Coordinator, Rev. Philemon Akao
The Landowning tribes of Kosu Land on North Guadalcanal plains recently have written to say sorry to the Anglican Church of Melanesia for stopping any development on the land now owned by the church. Revealing to the John Coleridge Patteson University Project (JCPUP) Task Force Committee (TFC) the discussions he had with the landowners, the Bishop of the Diocese of Guadalcanal told the committee that, his people were sorry for the actions they had taken and have asked for reconciliation with the ACOM on the issue. In their recent meeting, the members of the TFC have asked Bishop Nathan Tome to return to the people and arrange for a meeting to discuss further the need for the reconciliation.
Any positive outcome from the meeting between the landowners and the ACOM in the not distance future will signal some positive lead forward in as far as the development of the land is concerned. Currently the ACOM have the title and power of attorney over the land. And while the ACOM respects the sensitive demands of the landowners, the feedback from them for reconciliation doesn’t come at a better time than this. And while waiting, currently the Academic Committee of JCPUP is working to implement its education strategic plans in collaboration with Solomon Islands National University School of education for a possible offer of its courses in partnership with the University in 2015.