FORMER Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification and Member of Parliament (MP) for North Guadalcanal Constituency has strengthened his relationship with the Baravule Community in North Guadalcanal yesterday.
A moving ceremony was held between the Baravule Church Community and MP Samson Maneka.
Exchange of chupu and words of encouragement from each community leaders, church leaders, chiefs, members of Companion in Anglican Church and MP Samson Maneka were done at Baravule church compound
Samson Maneka told the Solomon Star at the ceremony yesterday that the ceremony was aimed to strengthen the relationship between him and the communities in North Guadalcanal and informed them about government projects.
“Baravule was sixth communities invited me to visit them since I was elected into parliament.
“I did not come here at my own invitation but the community themselves invited me to come and talk to them about government projects and strengthen their relationship with my office,” Mr Maneka said.
The Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace told the gathering yesterday that he was happy to visit communities in his constituency to inform them about government plans and constituency priorities for the next four years.
“I’m happy indeed to visit you (Baravule community) because you put me into parliament.
“Even though you might not want me to come here, but I will still come to visit you because you are my community and I’m your leader.
“Without you I’m nothing, therefore I’m happy indeed and ready to pour out all my support to you,” Mr Maneka told the community yesterday.
Yesterday Mr Maneka informed Baravule community about amount of money that are coming through the north Guadalcanal constituency and funds that are with government ministries for rural people.
“My community, I would not hide any funds coming for this constituency from you. I don’t want the money because the money is meant for you, only salary and entitlements are mine.
“Therefore to assure you, my office will continue support every one of you voters or non-voters so that all of you will receive shares from the constituency funds. Though the money might not be enough, every one of you will get your share,” Mr Maneka said yesterday.
Its understood that Mr Maneka will be visiting another community next week to give talks about government stance and strengthen his relationship with the churches and communities leaders.
By DENVER NEWTER