“It is a miracle to have a building as this. Less than twelve months ago, when we visited this place, only the floors were present as TC Pam devastated much of the building’s construction. This had triggered the innovation to expand and reconstruct the building again.”
These were the words of Director General of the Ministry of Youth Development & Sports Henry Vira while speaking at the opening of the 40th Independence Para Sports Championship at the National Fitness & Evacuation Centre yesterday.
“The idea we had, which I’m very happy that the Australian government has also brought up for the building to cater sports disciplines and regulated as an evacuation centre during natural disaster crisis.
“I would like to acknowledge the Australian government for the assistance,” said DG Vira.
DG Vira also made a humble request to the Australian Commissioner to Vanuatu when relaying his speech.
“Regarding the farea in Chapuis area, in Luganville, which was totally destroyed by TC Harold, it has hosted over 2000 evacuees during the Lobenben volcano crisis in Ambae island.
“We are kindly seeking your assistance and support in rebuilding the building again. Maybe something similar to this building, so it can also be used for sports and evacuation purposes as well,” said Mr Vira.
As the country is approaching its 40th anniversary, the DG said that he is happy that the Vanuatu Athletic mama has reminded him that we are the first ones ahead.