The University of the South Pacific Student Association federal Council has commended the national and Guadalcanal provincial (GP) governments for their assurance and support towards the on the USP fourth campus USP in Doma, North West Guadalcanal.
Last week visiting USPSA regional federal council’s chairperson Whitlam Saeni, his deputy Wilfred Luiramo, and the outgoing chairperson Peter Furaiasi Ifunao’a met with the Guadalcanal provincial authority.
Mr Saeni said, they have had a good response from the national and the Guadalcanal provincial government about their commitment to ensure that this campus is established.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing funds for the construction of the fourth campus which costs around USD$20m.
The in kicking off the project is with the clearance of the on-site unexploded ordinances (UXO) which have been discovered at Doma, which would take time to clear off.
USP and the national government are sharing the cost of clearing the UXO at Doma.
Mr Saeni explained that his visit is to have consultation with regional campus heads and students on addressing issues affecting students.
“The purpose of my visit here is to move from good to excellence, as regional body federal needs to visit other regional campus student associations to consult with them about this strategic plan and how to address students’ issues and activities using the lens of the strategic plan especially the priority areas which can be achieved collectively.
“The strategic plan is to guide and be a reference point for all to transform the university and its student associations to excellence.”
This year Solomon Island’s Saeni is heading the USPSA federal body. He is pursuing a double major in sociology and psychology at the Laucala campus in Suva, and his deputy is Wilfred Luiramo, Bachelor of Arts and Politics who was also the president of the Solomon Islands USP campus students association here.
Mr Luiramo said that one of his meetings with the chairperson is to ensure that the Doma campus is up and running soon.
“We have met with responsible authorities here and yes, there’s a green light that both the national and provincial government are working closely with us to ensure that Doma campus makes progress.”
By CHARLEY PIRINGI