BY ALEX DADAMU
THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has suspended classes for today Friday 10th July 2020 as a mark of respect for the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Corporate) late John Teddie Usuramo who unexpectedly passed yesterday Thursday 9th July in his office at SINU.
According to SINU’s Senior Marketing and Promotions Officer, Mr. Estee Baffet Lonamei, Late Usuramo’s Passing was untimely and unexpected and was a sad moment for the University.
Mr. Lonamei revealed that classes will resume next week on Monday 13th July 2020.
Meanwhile, the University of the South Pacific USP in an exchange with Sunday Isles on the USP Official Facebook page today has also expressed that they are saddened to hear about Mr. John Usuramo passing away yesterday Thursday 9th July and also confirms that they will be sending out a message of condolence to staff and students who may have worked with Late Usuramo at the University of the South Pacific.
Late Usuramo having previously served at former Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) and recently at SINU, has also served at USP Solomon Islands campus as Campus Director representing the USP Vice-Chancellor in the Solomon Islands from December 2008 to April 2016.
The Late Usuramo then served in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) as the Chief of Staff (COS) in the Rick Hou’s Government in 2017 before being appointed to the SINU’s position Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Corporate) in September 2019 to fill the position left by Donald Malasa.
A University Statement confirmed that a funeral service for Late Usuramo will be held beginning at 9:00 am to 12 noon on Saturday 11th July at the Roman Catholic Church, Honiara Holy Cross Cathedral.
After the Funeral Service, the University will hold a viewing and paying of last respect for the Late Pro-Vice-Chancellor Corporate, John Teddie Usuramo on Saturday 11th July at the Pavilion, Panatina Campus.
The official Program for viewing and paying of last respect will begin at 12 pm and finishes at 2 pm in the afternoon after which the casket will be transported to his residence at Naha 3.
The University’s statement in the meantime confirmed that later in the evening of the same day, the casket of Late John Teddie Usuramo will be taken to his home village in Are’Are Malaita Province for burial.