Wate Jetty sets a benchmark in disability-friendly infrastructure

BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE Solomon Ports proudly unveils the recently commissioned Wate jetty—a groundbreaking initiative by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) to construct disability-friendly infrastructure for the first time.

Chief Executive Officer Eranda Kotelawala highlighted the historical nature of the project, emphasizing the incorporation of a wheelchair ramp on the jetty for the first-time.

Kotelawala explained that, for the first time, a two-wheelchair ramp has been integrated into the jetty design, specifically catering to the needs of elderly individuals and those with disabilities.

This thoughtful addition underscores SIPA’s commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all.

During the commissioning yesterday Caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare acknowledged the visible impact of the jetty’s design on wheelchair users.

Sogavare further highlighted that the construction of inclusive infrastructure, as demonstrated by the Wate jetty, is now a legal requirement in the country.

He highlighted the need for a paradigm shift in Honiara, advocating for the reconsideration and reconstruction of existing buildings to ensure proper accessibility for all citizens, with a particular focus on those with disabilities.

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