The National, Tuesday July 2nd, 2013
A CANDIDATE for the Motu Koita Assembly chairman’s seat in the local level government elections is encouraging his people to work for the good of their children instead of waiting for handouts.
“Nobody is going to make real and vital changes for us. We must make the right decisions to effect those changes for the good of our people and children,” Babani Ono Maraga said on Sunday.
Maraga, a former diplomat, journalist and board member of schools and organisations, said he would not dwell on the past but look to the future and urged his people to do the same.
He said the Motu Koita Assembly Act was an opportunity that they must make use of to develop their people given that they did not have gold, copper or potential in other primary industries.
“I will push for skills training for the young. Human resource development will be a priority,” he said.
“We, the Motu Koitabu people, gave the country the land to build parliament, university, colleges and headquarters of government departments and companies.
“In turn, the country has acknowledged us and elevated the Motu Koita council to an assembly. It is important that we make use of the provisions in the Assembly Act.
“July 9 is an important day for us. Our choice will determine the future of our society and our children.”
Maraga said he stood for an accountable, transparent and honest leadership.
He said the Assembly was a lagatoi (multi-hulled canoe) and needed good leaders and crew.
“The wrong leaders and crew will not help us reach our destination,” he said.