Saladak, U: January 31, 2024 – A momentous groundbreaking ceremony was held today in Saladak, U, marking the initiation of the construction of the Saladak Gymnasium. Attending the event were esteemed dignitaries, including Mr. Stanley Etse, Director of Education, representing Acting Governor Ioanis, U Chief Minister Hon. Rofino Primo representing the U Municipal Government, and Hon. Esmond B. Moses, Speaker of the 23rd Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Notable figures such as Wasalapalap IsoSangohro Nahnmwarki of U, along with Likend Pah U, graced the occasion.

The Master of Ceremonies for this significant event was Mr. Peteriko Hairens, Pohnpei State Public Affairs Officer.

The Saladak Gymnasium project is made possible through the generous contributions of multiple donors. The Government of Japan has pledged $252,000, the FSM Congress has allocated $100,000, and the Pohnpei State Legislature has contributed $18,638.00 towards the construction. J&P Construction Company has been selected as the construction contractor for this groundbreaking initiative.

Chief Minister of U, Hon. Rofino Primo, welcomed the attendees with remarks expressing gratitude to the donors and recognition of the pivotal role the gymnasium will play in the community. Mr. Stanley Etse, speaking on behalf of Acting Governor Francisco L. Ioanis, extended appreciation to the donors and acknowledged the support from the U traditional and municipal leadership. He emphasized that the gymnasium would benefit not only the youth of U but all residents, underscoring that Kitti remains the only municipal area in Pohnpei without a community gymnasium.

Wasalapalap IsoSangohro added a touch of dignity to the occasion with his remarks, expressing support and cooperation for the construction of the gymnasium.

The groundbreaking ceremony symbolized the official commencement of the Saladak Gymnasium construction, a project poised to enhance the well-being and recreational opportunities of the residents of Saladak and beyond



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