Cruise ship passenger terminal project fails

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Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Culture and Tourism Andrew Nihopara
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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

THE cruise ship passenger terminal project between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has not worked out.

Confirming this was the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Permanent Secretary (PS) Andrew Nihopara to the MP for North East Guadalcanal Hon Derek Sikua when he queried the update status of the project during the ministry’s recent meeting with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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Hon Sikua questioned if SIPA is still looking for a location for this very important facility being a site to use for tourists.

However according to Mr Nihopara, the project has actually stopped in terms of the scale of plan that they were looking at which was for a terminal within the Ports compound.

“Our latest discussion with SIPA was they are looking at a fully fledge terminal with an alternative site. So we are waiting for their plans and we will continue to support that but the plan for a terminal did not work out,” said Nihopara.

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