THERE was a call by the Premier of Malaita to all Malaitans a week ago through the National Malaita Forum on Facebook to come forth support and initiative to build a Malaita Provincial Assembly Chamber in Auki.
The chamber symbolises Malaita unity for all the 5 regions in Malaita, through their elected provincial representatives, said the Premier.
Apparently, this call did not fell on the ground. Few spirited Malaitans urged the forum members to take action rather than mere talking in the Facebook. This prompted the idea to call for a meeting last Sunday at Honiara High School which was attended by more than one hundred Malaitans.
Those that attended came from all works of life and cadre from within the government, semi-government organizations, private sector, NGOs’ and the civil society in Honiara.
The significance of that meeting was indicated by the presence of Malaita Premier, Peter Ramohia and his 3 executive members.
Also the Premier was given the opportunity to present a brief about the project proposal.
The Premier asserted that history has it that Malaitans are hard workers and action-oriented people.
A particular piece of history was highlighted; the establishment of Ma’asina Ruru movement, which stands for brotherhood in Are’are dialect.
He stated that that was the highest peak of Malaita collaboration when all Malaitans came together for a common purpose-working as a united people.
During the meeting, a coordinating committee was elected to spearhead fundraising drives to support this worthy initiative sanctioned by the Provincial executive.
The newly elected members of the committee are as follows:
1 Chairperson – Rose Abana
2 Vice Chairman – Redley Raramo
3. Secretary – Robert Gerea
4. Treasurer – Fred Peter
5. Maxwell Saelea – Member (Representative for Eastern Malaita Region)
6. Florie Alalo – Member (Representative for Malaita Outer-Islands Region)
7. Wilson Maelaua – Member (Representative for Central Malaita Region)
8. Lily Ramo – Member (Representative for Northern Region)
9. John Manemaka – Member (Representative Southern Malaita Region)
The committee was endorsed by Mr Ramohia who was also present to brief the attendants of the vision, plans and the need behind the establishment of the proposed meeting chamber.
The newly established committee will be responsible for coordination, planning and organising fundraising drives throughout Honiara.
Ms Abana has confirmed that the committee will soon launch its programs and events once they are finalized.