Former Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) secretary general and now interim leader of Solomon Islands People First Party(SIPFP) Dr Jimmy Rodgers has challenged all Solomon Islanders to answer what kind of a country they want to see for them, their children and their children’s children.
Dr Rodgers said people of this country must try and look ahead and answer what kind of a future they want for their children in fifty years time.
He told the public this week that the 625,000 people of this country are members of SIPFP and those who are not members have decided to go out because they were allowed to opt out.
Dr Rodgers said those who believe to lift this country will have to do something for the country and don’t expect the country to do something for them.
He said anyone in the country who decides to do for the country what they believe is good for the country’s future are simply a member of SIPFP.
“None of us would like our children and their children in fifty years time complaining about us being selfish in consuming everything and using up all the resources and making poor decisions that left them with nothing,” Dr Rodgers said
He said SIPFP is not about today or the past but the future.
The SIPFP interim leader said his party wants to look back and learn from the past and move on into the future.
Adding, it is important to find the problem of the past, diagnose the problem and make the positive changes the future generation would like to have.
However he cautioned that if these problems were not diagnosed properly, this country will surely face its consequences.
“It is therefore important that these problems that we experienced and have come through over time be diagnosed properly to make a brighter future for our children in fifty years time,” Dr Rodgers said.
He said although failure is part of life, it is the responsibility of all Solomon islanders to choose the leaders that serve the interest of the country and hold strong leadership principles.
“Let the sacrifice that people and leaders today make be a blessing for the future generation where they will turn back and said thank you and not complaining.”
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA