The Ranadi dump site area in East Honiara now has an office building – thanks to Japan’s Grassroots and Human Security Projects Scheme.
The single story building, officially handed over today, is located at the front of the landfill area and will serve as the administration and training centre for the Council’s waste management project.
In his keynote address this morning, Japan’s Charge de Affairs in Solomon Islands, Tomohiro Odai said the facility will strongly enhance the capacity of landfill staff to undertake current and future work operations in a safer and more efficient way.
“It results in providing citizens with better and clean urban environment and reducing environmental destructions. This facility will also be utilised for environmental education for the citizens of Honiara City. I believe that environmental education is a vital step to accelerate and elevate the level of standard of living in Honiara.”
The Charge de Affairs also highlighted that environmental health is one priority area of the Grassroots and Human Security Projects Scheme.
“Under Japan’s Grassroots and Human Security Projects Scheme, environmental health project is one of the priority areas to address the very basic human needs of the people of Solomon Islands. Japan is committed to continuing our efforts in this field to see more happy faces in many places of Solomon Islands.”
Today’s handover ceremony was witnessed by officials from the Japanese Embassy, JICA, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Health and the Honiara City Council.
The Permanent Secretary for Environment, Dr Melchior Mataki, and the Director of Health and Environment under the Ministry of Health, Tom Nanau were also amongst the event’s invited officials.