The National, Tuesday 28th August, 2012
EASTERN Highlands Governor Julie Soso and her team arrived to a rousing welcome in Goroka yesterday.
Soso’s team comprised of the eight open MPs.
In a brief address at Goroka airport, Soso was clearly emotional and expressed deep gratitude and appreciation to all women and public servants who turned out in numbers to welcome her and the eight parliamentarians.
“We are ready to work together and restore the lost pride of Eastern Highlands but we have to change from negative attitude to make Eastern Highlands become the number one province in Papua New Guinea,” she said.
Soso called for cooperation from all stakeholders to make positive contributions to change the province.
She said the eight parliamentarians were set to help her run the province and the people would
see changes in this term of parliament.
Students from the Mt Sion Centre for the Blind sang the Eastern Highlands provincial anthem to seal a colourful welcome reception.
The team then met with representatives of churches, provincial public servants, women’s leaders and guests at the Bird of Paradise Hotel, where Soso was formally released as president of the Eastern Highlands Council of Women.Soso leads her provincial team of Goroka MP Bire Kimisopa, Daulo MP Ron Ganarafo, Lufa MP Jerry Kuave, Kainantu MP Johnson Tuke, Okapa MP Isaac Waigavara, Unggai-Bena MP Benny Allan, Obura-Wonenara MP Merrah Minnie and Henganofi MP Robert Atiyata.
Presidents of the local level governments are automatic inclusions.
Soso will chair the first provincial assembly meeting today in Goroka.