PRIME Minister Rick Hou has graced the 2nd Appointed Day celebrations in Tingoa, Rennell/Bellona province, over the weekend.
The Prime Minister and his delegation traveled on Friday and spent two nights with the people of Rennell Island, before returning on Sunday morning.
Premier of Rennell/Bellona province Collin Tesuatai has spoken highly of the Prime Minister, for accepting his people’s invitation, despite the Parliament session.
He acknowledged that the presence of the prime minister has graced the celebrations and the people of Rennell/Bellona are very happy to host him.
Member of Parliament for Rennell/Bellona province, Dr KaituúTautai Angikimua, also shared the same sentiments, when acknowledging the presence of the prime minister.
People traveled to Tingoa from all around the island, to see their Prime Minister including some from as far as Bellona.
“Thank you for accepting our invitation despite your busy schedules,” Dr Kaitu’u said.
This is the first time in quite a long time, for a prime minister to visit the province.
Mr Hou, when addressing the occasion has conveyed his warm greetings to all the people of Rennell/Bellona, on behalf of the Government and people of Solomon Islands.
“For me personally, it is indeed a great honour and privilege for me and my delegation, to be here with you today, to celebrate your Silver Jubilee and the Second-Appointed Day of Rennell/Bellona Province,” he said.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to also visit the World Heritage Site, Lake Tengano.
He spent one night at Tengano, where he traveled the lake and met with some of the people and communities there.
Communities around the area have acknowledged the presence of the Prime Minister, and to take time to visit the tourism hub; the largest lake in the insular pacific.
The Prime Minister is fascinated about the many tourism potentials and investments Lake Tengano has to offer, to the people of Rennell/Bellona province.