Dereck Kolly- JF Construction’s Project Engineer handing over the keys to Minister of Tourism, Samuel Manetoali
Jackson Filua (JF) Construction has everything to be proud of after completing the new School of Tourism and Hospitality complex facilities of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) at Kukum Campus.
Despite many criticisms and doubts because of the slow progress of the construction phase due to financial constraints made by the government over a considerable period of time; the construction company continued to liaise with the government to finally complete the building project although only a few renovation work are recommended before an official launching is made to allow the classes to begin in the complex facilities next month.
Speaking at the official grand handing over ceremony to mark the significant handing over of keys to the caretaking responsibility of SINU, Dereck Kolly- JF Construction’s Project Engineer, said that today (Monday 27) marks the day the nation is waiting for which is a significant milestone to the construction of this project.
“We should have handed over the building some 12 months after the signing of the project in 2010 but due to circumstances beyond our control we were unable to handover the project until today (last week),”Mr Kolly said.
“Despite such challenges we still show our utmost commitment to finish the project since we have learn a lot from the project and I hope the ministry has also learned in this direction.
“Although we took a long time to complete the project, I think the main thing is here and that’s what we all have witnessed here today (last week)which means the product is yours ,” said the project engineer.
Mr Kolly said that the reasons for the extreme delay of the completion of the project has been taken note of between us (contractor) and the responsible government ministry.
In the meantime, the project engineer said although the project has been completed they are few more finishing work that need to be done before students can officially use the building for classes.
“The reason is we need to carry out extra maintenance work to maintain the constructional integrity of the building which is to meet the functional requirements of the overall architectural plan because if not we will continue to delay upcoming classes for students in this 2014 new semester.
Sunday Isles understands that JF Construction has been guaranteed another final 12 months to ensure overall maintenance work is carried out effectively over the given period of time.
JF Construction is a building company with 20 years experience in the Solomon Islands building industry and this project has been the first major construction work been undertaken by the company.