PM calls for more united effort

National, Normal


PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has challenged Papua New Guineans to reflect on their achievements in the last 35 years and work even harder in the next 35 years.
Speaking at the country’s 35th independence anniversary in Wewak last Thursday, Sir Michael said PNG had achieved a lot in terms of infrastructure and natural resources development, agriculture and education in the last 30 years.
He encouraged parents to be committed to the education of their children so that they return to help develop the country.
With the introduction of free education for all primary and secondary schools next year, “our children must make every effort to go to school so that they become leaders who will change our country in the years ahead”.
The prime minister said in order for the country to change, everyone from the gardener to those holding top positions in high places should do their share of work.
He told hundreds of people at the Wewak sports stadium that he would bring in more development projects to East Sepik, but urged the people to take ownership of them. The Wewak market and jetty projects are currently under construction.
Sir Michael opened the sports stadium last Thursday afternoon.
He also hinted on plans for a new Wewak hospital and museum.
A colourful celebration, commemorating PNG’s 35th independence anniversary, started in the morning with floats by members of the disciplinary forces, various schools in Wewak, the ex-servicemen and St John Ambulance.
Cultural singsing, displays and games continued throughout the day until 4pm when Sir Michael officially opened the K19 million Wewak sports stadium.