MALAITA premier Peter Ramohia has opened the provincial assembly’s meeting on Friday last week.
During his speech to open the one-week meeting which resumes tomorrow, Mr Ramohia reminded provincial members of their duties and highlighted the focus of his government.
“We must continue to work together to realize the vision of the current government. It is not an easy task, but our collective efforts will help move the province to achieve its aims and goals,” he said.
The premier said the vision his government have for Malaita is “…a Malaita with healthy and wealthy people; and a Malaita with no poor people”.
“We will need the support of every Malaitans to achieve what we want for Malaita. It starts with our 33 provincial members, then our 14 national leaders (MPs) and the elite Malaitans.
“It is time all elite Malaitans think alike and put concerted efforts to develop our province.”
He said he was put at the helm by members at a time when the political leadership and administration of the province was at its lowest.
“See how far we have come. I thank the national government for the PCDF grant. Malaita for the first time again after three years qualified for it, which was one of the achievements of my government.”
The premier said the funding qualification entitles the provincial government a total grant of about SBD $10.2 million.
“A total of 23 infrastructure related projects worth some SBD $ 8m are also being implemented in different regions of the province.
“We also face challenges especially with national projects such as Bina harbour, Suafa and Kiluufi hospital.”
Premier Ramohia urged all members, administrative staff and Malaita to work together to achieve goals.