THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) is back on track to restore the stairwell damages caused by last year’s November 2022 7.3 magnitude earthquake after delays by its Insurance Loss Adjustor to prepare an independent assessment of the damages.
SINPF announced this in a statement on Thursday.
“Immediately following the earthquake, the SINPF has performed an assessment of the damages in December, 2022. However, the restoration works cannot proceed as our insurance underwriter QBE appointed Loss adjuster had to engage independent consultants to carry out damage assessments.
“The Loss Adjustor’s appointed contractor has failed to perform the required engineering assessment on the ASB for more than three months. The consultant engaged by the Loss adjuster was busy with other local engagements and was not able to perform the required task by the end of March 2023.”
SINPF said with its insistence, a new consultant has been appointed.
It said new consultant has been onsite three weeks ago and has prepared the required independent assessment.
SINPF said on the basis of this report, restoration works will proceed and it will resume its communications to its tenants on the progress of the works and its completion date.
It added that it has not formally allowed tenants on Level 3 to Level 6 to use their leased spaces due to the safety issues in relation to the stairwell until its full restoration.