O’Neill opens new United Church in Moresby South


A CHURCH initiated by former prime minister, the late Sir Bill Skate, 15 years ago was officially opened on Sunday by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The New Evegima United Church is in Joyce Bay in the Moresby South electorate.
Sir Bill started work on the church 15 years ago but it was not completed until recently.
The Moresby South electorate-funded project cost K300,000.
O’Neill said: “Thank you for recognising my late brother Bill Skate and ensuring that what he initiated has been full filled.
“I am honoured to be here to open this church.
“I commend the church for supporting our communities when there was lack of support even from the Government. And I am happy that the policies we have driven have ensured that we are able to open this new church.”
He said Government ensured that services were reaching people in towns and in the rural areas.
“Every district receives K10 mil in DSIP in a year,” he said.
“This ensures that our people see real change in the communities, including this church,” he said.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop who accompanied O’Neill said the people-oriented policies of the Government ensure that the people enjoyed “service delivery at this level, including the Evegima church.
“Churches are the foundation to our many languages and tribes,” he said.
“The church promotes peace. We are a yumi people.
“We must look after each other. That is what church promotes in our communities.”
O’Neill pledged a contribution of K100,000 to the church. Parkop contributed K5000.
Sir Bill’s widow Lady Rarua Skate and son William Skate Jnr attended the opening.

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