Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on 6th July, 2020 commissioned Honiara’s landmark attraction and distinctive Solomon Ports ‘Unity Square’.
Delivering the key note address, Prime Minister Sogavare said, Unity Square is a symbol of national unity regardless of the cultural diversity with more than 90 languages and 900 islands.
He adds, it is an embodiment of our common destiny as a people and country.
The flagpole standing at 180 feet is the tallest in the region and weighs over 12 tons, measuring 15 meters in length and 7.5 meters in width and weighs around 25 kilograms, the biggest flagpole and flag in the region and the first of its kind in the country.
It is a testament of SIPA’s engineering capability.
“This is an achievement that Solomon Islands Ports Authority should be proud of. It is only fitting that I on behalf of the people and Government of Solomon Islands convey my sincere congratulations to the board, management and staff of SIPA. Congratulations!!!”
The Prime Minister adds, even the location of Unity Square is of great significance. Unity square sits between the domestic and the international port. The international port is the main entry point into Solomon Islands and the domestic port is the main entry port into Honiara from all our provinces.
Prime Minister Sogavare says, it also demonstrates the civil responsibility of SIPA towards nation building.
“I see this civic responsibility as one that supports and defends our Constitution. This is a patriotic gesture on SIPA’s part. It is the kind of subtle but yet important tool that is essential in nation building. I have no doubt that this Unity Square will enhance the integration of our citizens, and reinforce and magnify the strong emotional attachment and love that each and every Solomon Islander has for this country”, he says.
“SIPA as a State Owned Enterprise has without doubt come of age in actively forging and instilling in us a patriotic spirit and togetherness. This iconic landmark will continue to serve as a constant reminder of who we are”.
Prime Minister Sogavare acknowledge the Minister of Infrastructure and Development, Hon. Mannaseh Maelanga and Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma, the responsible minister and accountable minister for their leadership in the State owned Enterprise.
This morning’s Unity Square Commissioning was graced with the presence of the nine provincial premiers or their representatives and the Honiara City Mayor.
Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has come a long way since its establishment on 4th June 1956.