CMI Signs LUA for new quarantine site
On 30 November 2021, the Chief Secretary and Chair of the National Disaster Committee Ms. Kino S. Kabua signed a Land Use Agreement (LUA) with the College of the Marshall Islands President Dr. Irene Tafaaki. The signing of the LUA officially kicked started one of the RMI Government’s long awaited project, the New Arrak Quarantine Center.
“As long as the (RMI) borders are closed, we will still need to quarantine people coming in” said Chief Secretary Kabua “… and “I want to thank college especially the leadership. They have been really supportive of NDC activities since the beginning of the SOE. This new LUA that we are about to sign, will dedicate a separate space outside the Wet and Dry lab for our new quarantine center.”.
The signing of the LUA will allow a new 10 room facility in Arrak to be built on CMI 1.5 acres of land. Dr. Irene Tafaaki stated that CMI understands the GRMIs urgent need for a quarantine center and that is what the LUA is for, but she is also happy that the “eventual” return of the Wet and Dry Lab (the 2 story building currently used for quarantine at Arrak) is something the College looks forward to as it will immensely help the college continue some of its much needed programs. “The release of the Wet and Dry Lab eventually will enable us to continue with some of the research commitments that we have made particularly to COM Land Grant that the College is part of and also it will enable us to have new research facilities that have been promised to us if we can release the space.” She continued to say “we know that this COVID pandemic and future pandemics are is not part of community’s problem, it’s all of our problem and the solution is with all of us.”
Also present at the signing ceremony was Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, Banking, nad Postal Services Mr. Patrick Langrine, CMI Board Chair Ms. Kathryn Relang, CMI’s Mr. Emil de Brum, Deputy Chief Secretary Abacca Anjain Maddison.
The NDC would like that recognize and thank the College of the Marshall Islands and its Board of Regents for their continued support during this pandemic.