A new community rest house was unveiled at Irigila village,North Vela La Vela in the Western province, Monday this week.
The rest-house was the initiative of Irigila community which had begun its construction May this year. The assistance came from Member of Parliament (MP) for North Vella La Vella, Hon. Milner Tozaka.
The rest-house featured 11 rooms, a large dining hall and two shower blocks.
Building foreman for the project Elisah Diriniru in a statement to the Solomon Star on Thursday explained that the difficulty faced in constructing the building in rural area did have its moments, but applauded the community and youths who worked tirelessly carrying gravel and timber, offering their service day and night throughout the four months.
Mr Diriniru said that he hopes the rest house design may raise the standard of infrastructure in his community, and hope itwould become an example to other villages of what can be achieved.
“Already the rest house has brought about much praise from the people of Irigilla and surrounding villages,” Mr Diriniru said.
Speaking also during the official opening Superintendent minister Rev Gideon Pina described the building as bringing a sense of pride to the village as well as reviving community spirit.
He said, the touching feel of togetherness which saw families in the community taking their time to feed those involved in the building of the house and thanked them for their goodwill.
The building was initially planned and later built to accommodate 107 delegates of the Central West Regional Synod meeting which was hosted by the village of Irigilla.
Prior to the official opening of the rest house a recent Synod meeting on 25th of August which ended on the 31stAugust.
It was highlighted the project could not have come at a better time which saw the community working hard to complete the house even until the opening day hours before the delegates arrived.
Chairman for the newly built rest house Derick Taka also explained how the building was more than a simply a rest house and will finally have available office space for church and community bodies as well as a venue to hold meetings, courses and other programs.
Mr Taka however praised the dedication of the community and deeply thanked Hon. Milner Tozaka for his commitment in assisting them throughout the project, of which they would not have seen its timely completion without such assistance.
Hon. Milner Tozaka is also currently working together with other village communities of Vella La Vella in building classrooms, clinics and a church, and already other building plans are in progress in hope of taking the next step and continuing the development of Irigilla and other villages in North Vella.
By DENVER NEWTER