Malaita Province’s Fini Gov’t launches 11th hour policy road map outlining a number fundamental policy reforms it wants implemented to ensure a better future for the province
PREMIER Martin Fini yesterday launched Malaita’s New Government for Fundamental Redirection Policy – exactly 78 days after he took office on February 10 this year.
The Policy is a Road Map, described by some as a “call to put one’s house in order” as Premier Fini’s government embarks on a Strategic Intervention Policy in the dying months of the provincial government.
At least 300 people attended the launch outside the Auki Market.
Father Anderson Saefo’oa put the icing on the cake in dedicating the Policy Document, quoting the prayer of King Solomon when God appeared to him and asked what he wanted from God as is recorded 1 Kings 3: 6-9.
“Give me an understanding mind (wisdom) so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. For who by himself is able to carry such a heavy responsibility?
Unlike others ceremonies, yesterday’s event was brief but full of substance as Premier Fini acknowledged the presence of those who were able to attend.
Gwailiki Cultural Dancers entertained guests, who were largely government officials, Church and Community leaders as well as members of the Malaita Economic Development Initiative [MEDI] – a team of technical and professionals that is providing support to the Malaita New Government for Fundamental Redirection.
Former Member of Parliament for East Are’Are, Andrew Manepora, also spoke on behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister and Government.
Using what former US President John F Kennedy said in his famous 1962 speech, Mr. Manepora appealed to the people of Malaita to “ask not what Malaita can do for you, but ask what you can do for Malaita,”
Malaita Provincial Minister, Elijah Asilaua, who concluded the ceremony, thanked the people of Malaita for their understanding, urging them to “forgive” all MPAs that all should work together for the good of Malaita.
By Alfred Sasako