BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) officially opened its new state of the art science laboratory and conferencing complex yesterday.
This new facility is part of SINU’s Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest Science Research.
Minister for Ministry for Education and Human Resources Development Lanelle Tanangada graced the opening ceremony.
She stressed that she is delighted to witness the opening of the science laboratory and conference complex.
“I am also delighted to be here in symbol of the growing partnership established between our National University and the Government through my ministry,” Tanangada said.
“I cannot over-emphasis the important role of science and technology in the transformational agenda of our country, particularly in the topic of youth development through skills development and resources utilisation,” she added.
“Given access to a science research centre or laboratory, equipped with modern instrument capabilities, I have especially high expectations for your work over the years ahead.
“Similarly, I have high expectations for those of you who are going to work in the laboratory, to step up and create the support and accountabilities that will enable your success.
“I also expect more relevant and usable research that is presented in clear and concise reporting.
“I expect a continued emphasis on and commitment to quality and rigor.
“I expect you to focus on a manageable number of key research topics, make some real progress on them and really build knowledge about them.”
Tanangada said she believes passionately in fostering both lecturers and student’s success especially in the area of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – success that is focused not just on academic excellence, but also on cultivating attributes that build a more enlightened and dynamic society.
She adds by thanking everyone at SINU who have devoted time and effort to foster stronger cultural, technical and intellectual ties with all ministries and with an overseas based research centre that may focus on the sectors identified.
Dr Jack Maebuta, SINU’s Acting Vice Chancellor, said in compliance with the health and hygiene requirements under the COVID-19 preparedness strategies in early 2020, the completion of the complex then, was timely and handy.
Maebuta thanked the Government for the gift.
“We assure you that we will always treasure and cherish this gift deep in our hearts,” Maebuta said.
“We all admire the zeal and fine spirit of cooperation shared by the Solomon Islands Government and SINU,” he added.
“We also owe a debt of gratitude to the planners of the complex – Isles Architects and the contractor-FT builders who have laboured around the clock and completed the work in time.”
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of SINU Council Dr Culwick Togamana thanked Minister for MEHRD for gracing the occasion and congratulated the University Management, Faculty Staff and students for this wonderful achievement.