The National, Tuesday 18th September, 2012
By ROSELYN ELLISON
GRAND Chief Sir Michael Somare has hailed the people of Papua New Guinea for coming through 37 years of independence stronger and more mature.
He witnessed a flag raising ceremony to mark the 37th Independence anniversary.
Students, soldiers from PNG Defence Force’s Moem Barracks, St Johns Ambulance officials and ex-servicemen took part in the march from St Mary’s Primary School oval to the stadium.
“On the occasion of our 37th anniversary, I take this time to commend the people of East Sepik and PNG as a whole for remaining tolerant and showing our amazing ability to deal with turmoil and come out the other side more mature from the experience,” Sir Michael said.
He said in 2010 while he was still prime minister, the government implemented Vision 2050 to promote development and growth.
He told more than 2,000 people that as the East Sepik governor, he would like the provincial administration to embrace the 2050 Vision and make it a reality for the province.
He said “by performing at the provincial level we contribute to the national goal of achieving the Vision 2050”.