BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
MAKIRA Ulawa provincial government has stepped in to address an ‘overdue problem’ in constructing a new proper market facility which was launched on Monday.
Market venders across Makira/Ulawa province again have a venue to sell their products after the old market house was demolished few years ago.
Premier for Makira Ulawa province Stanley Siapu said the driving force behind this facility is the fact that market venders especially women who come with their markets are exposed to sun and rain.
Mr Siapu in his remarks assured venders that this is just the beginning of the provincial government’s commitment to continue improving the facility in the near future.
“Therefore let me assure you (market venders) this is the first step and as soon as other related matters are settled the whole area near the market building will be developed for you vendors and the people of Makira Ulawa province,” said Siapu
On the same note deputy provincial secretary Wilson Billy Rafiau thanked the current executive members led by Hon Premier for the wisdom and the vision they have for the people of the province in addressing one crucial need of market vendors.
Mr Rafiau said having this newly built facility chases away the days of being exposed to sun and rainy weather.
“To you market vendors I guarantee you today (yesterday) that the days the rain and heat chased you are all gone. You will now find a new home to do your buying and selling,” said Rafiau.
Cecilia Tagua on behalf of the market venders said, “The completion of this market building is great relief to our cries for a proper market facility also thanks to the provincial government for fulfilling its obligation in the completion of the market house.”
The opening ceremony of the market building was held at the provincial headquarter yesterday at the Kirakira town, in Makira.
The facility was successfully through the support of the Ministry of Provincial government & Institution strengthening (MPGIS) through the Makira Ulawa provincial government and was constructed by Jabez Construction, a Honiara based company owned by Mr Jason Fa’akelema Takila.