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A strong warning for Renbel Solomon Games project

One of the proposed lands in Tigoa to be developed for the Solomon Games, seen here still remains untouched. Photo from Isles Correspondence Facebook forum page

THE construction of sports infrastructures for 2018 Solomon Games in Renbel province has come under spotlight as provincial leaders and project taskforce have been issued a wakeup call.

Renbel man Jeremy Angikisinu Makana spoke in support to a call by Stee Ta’akihenua who busted out in the media that there should be proper control measures in place to make sure these infrastructures are fully completed in time for the games June next year.

Mr Ta’akihenua earlier stated that projects in Rennell and Bellona seem to continue failing without stopping, according to records.

“I want these leaders or the mandated taskforce responsible to oversee this project not to be bias when awarding contracts, but to do it in an honest and transparent manner,” Mr Makana said.

Mr Makana relates that it is better to award contract to companies from other provinces rather than contractors or construction companies in Renbel which are common in exhausting funds leaving a trail of incomplete projects in the island province.

This paper understands that the grant gross funds for the project reaches up to more than SBD$13 million.

And, with the signing of the release of first batch of SBD$3 million government funds January this year, the first infrastructure to be built is the Multi-purpose hall which hopes to complete within three months – inspected and passed thereafter, according to Renbel premier Collin Singamoana.

“My uttermost concern is that if our leaders and the mandated taskforce did not do away with this, the proposed Multi-purpose hall will not complete in time.

“Please do away with the ‘who you know system’ because this is the main contributing factor to most failed projects in Renbel province.

“I appeal to these leaders to seriously consider this and approve contractors from other provinces rather than those in Renbel because as we’ve seen, nearly everyone failed,” he strongly suggested.

Meanwhile, Mr Stee Ta’akihenua has alluded in his earlier call that the Japan Embassy Grass Root Project Scheme had ceased its funding in the entire Renbel province because a contractor had failed to live up to his contract.

“The contractor had miserably failed the project and instead of penalizing that contractor, the Japan Embassy office sees it fit to penalize the whole province, which in my view is very harsh and unfair decision that it needs to reconsider.

“To prevent this, I would like to suggest that any contractor that participates or fails any project should face its full consequences,” he states.