SMALL Malaita Constituency has achieved the primary objective of its road infrastructure program by enabling rural people to access government services and has proceed to launch phase two of the road program last week.
A statement from Small Malaita Constituency (SMC) Office yesterday said the launching ceremony was witnessed by Member of Parliament for SMC Rick Hou, the SAO, Malaita Province representative David Mane, chiefs, church leaders, landowners and constituents.
Mr Hou, who was also the guest of honour, in his keynote address said the primary goal of SMC Development Plan is to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the rural people by providing access to government service and to provide the enabling environment for more economic opportunities.
“The primary objective of the road infrastructure program has been achieved.
“Today the communities of Tetele, Ou’oumatawa, Tapa’atewa, Ruru’uhe, Rorongo and Likimaea have direct road access to Matangasi Port.
“Now you can reach the Sea Port and Afio Government Station within 30 minutes,” Mr Hou said.
He said once phase two is completed people from Asimeuri Ward in the eastern side of the island will also access government services.
“Today also marks another milestone – we are embarking on Phase II of the Road Program.
“When completed, all communities between Walande and Roone will be connected with Matangasi Port and Afio Admin Centre. This will further enhance achieving our primary goal – to provide access to services. So we have every reason to celebrate this day,” Mr Hou said during the January 3rd launching.
The launching program last week was divided into two parts.
It began with a short church service followed by speeches and feasting. Part two of the program was the dedication and blessing of machineries and the project team which took place at Rorongo Field where phase one of the project terminates.
Officiating at the dedication service was the chief elder of Asimeuri Association Pr Felix Holo.
The program ended with the cutting of ribbon by Mr Hou, Pr Holo, provincial representative and the landowners’ representative to officially declare the launching of construction work for phase two.
Hundreds of constituents from the Asimae and Asimeuri Wards particularly from the nearby Iola including Korutalaupeine, Korutalaumweimwei, Kalapea, Louatowa-Haitataimwane and Ueniusupeine were present to witness the ceremony.