Solomon Ports celebrates completion & unveiling of million dollar projects
Solomon Islands Ports Authority today celebrated the completion and unveiling of its new proposed facilities worth more than $136m in four different locations.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare mobiled to the different locations to engage in the events. Ports, which he described as the leading SOE in development, today held ground breaking of the new domestic terminal which is to cost $125m, ribbon cutting of the new Port Terminal entry gate building that cost $4m, ribbon cutting of the new Harbors/Enforcement Building worth and the unveiling of its proposed Kukum Plaza.
Sogavare said the achievements were a testament of the hard-work of the board, management and the hard working staff of SIPA.
“Today again demonstrates your mission to improve services that you provide to the public,” the prime minister, said.
On the domestic terminal, Sogavare has commended Solomon Ports saying it would make travelling easier and comfort for the public. He added that it would also help the Ports given that its domestic port in Honiara is the busiest in the Pacific region.
On the New Port Terminal Entry Gate Building, Sogavare said it would accommodate two vehicles entry or exiting at once reducing delays and delivery to customers in a timely manner. He added that timely delivery of cargoes is important to the private sector.
The new Harbors/Enforcement state of the art building worth $9m is a facelift to SIPA and will house a staff clinic.
Whilst at Kukum next to the Kukum Police Station will be the site for the Kukum Plaza.
CEO of Solomon Ports Eranda Kotelawala said this is a move by the board to diversify its business in order to sustain and look into the future. He added it is one of the lessons they learnt from COVID-19.
He also applauded his staff for their hard work in ensuring that the projects were carried out and with more to be implemented.