A GROUND breaking ceremony was held Wednesday at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Panatina Campus to mark the start of the university’s $120 million building project.
The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga, Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development permanent secretary Dr Franco Rodie, SINU Board chairman and MP for Maringe Kokota Dr Culwick Togamana, SINU acting vice chancellor Professor Basil Marasinghe and representatives from other stakeholders of the university.
Mr Maelanga said the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government remained committed in its support towards the long term development of SINU.
He said this is because human resource is a priority of DCC to ensure the nation breeds a skilful, knowledgeable and literate population.
The ground breaking ceremony means China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), which is the successful bidder of the project, will start work this year.
Official guests to the ceremony were asked to put soil around the roots of a newly planted tree at the building project site and Mr Maelanga with the help of CCECC representatives used an excavator to dig the ground.
Many people who turned up to witness the ceremony expressed their pride and joy towards the project as the country upgrades the infrastructure standard of its only university to a high level, which will contribute positively to human resources development of this country.
By AATAI JOHN