Speaking during the official handing over and opening Niumara Paterson Mae told the officials that the wharf was indeed boost for Central Islands Province.
He said the New Wharf would now able to connecting the people in Central Island especially northern region of Gela with the rest of the Solomon Islands through shipping services.
“I commend and thank all who have supported this project.
“I know it’s not an easy task.
“But by all the will and grace you hold on until today, the day you have now fulfil one of my government priorities in infrastructure developments.
He said the difficult challenges and hardship to access passenger ships is over.
Yesterday, after the official opening, the first boat Discovery 360 berthed on it on her return trip from Auki.
The premier said people from communities in the area were overjoyed with the facility.
“We are so fortunate to have this project with a life span of 50 years; therefore it’s our sole responsibility to care for it.”
Witnessing the official opening yesterday were representatives of donors donors, communities, central island officials and PS from the Ministry of Development and Infrastructure (MID) Moses Virivolomo.
The Niumara Wharf was built as part the Domestic Maritime Support Project which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), AusAID, the New Zealand Aid Programme and the European Union. (More on page 8)
By Denver Newter
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