The newly-elected Prime Minister and Member for Tari-Pori, Hon. James Marape, has paid his sincere respects to the outgoing prime minister and Member for Ialibu-Pangia, Hon. Peter O’Neill.
During his maiden speech, addressing the nation, PM Marape said when the former PM took office in 2012, he took over in the midst of very challenging times.
“However, Mr O’Neill held the ship under those very trying circumstances, hence I commend him for everything he has done for the country.
“The outgoing PM was a very humble, committed, and extremely hard-wording prime minister.
He said it was a very humble thing to do by humbling himself and honouring this country by resigning as prime minister.
“There is no greater love for the man, who lays down his life for his country,” PM Marape said.
He said politics can come and go but you must never doubt your ability to stand up of what is right.
“Leaving the Laguna Camp yesterday, I formed a camp with 28 strong and energetic, bright-minded leaders at the Grand Papua Hotel - an independent camp from both the Laguna and Crown Hotel camps.
“Adopting the theme from a great leader - the Oro Governor, Hon. Gary Juffa, and adding to it: Giving economic independence to our country, we formed a team.
“During which, the outgoing PM humbled himself and walked over to Grand Papua Hotel from his Crown Hotel camp and said: You will not be re-joining the PNC Party; join us with your party, which you’ve been triumphantly leading, and we shall support you - not dilute nor suppress your party,” PM Marape said.
He said I will aim to look into our resource laws, which are outdated. We are about to maximize the resources of our country.
He said today, while driving out of Government House, I heard the jubilation's of our people, I was burdened - burdened by the lack of medicines in our health centres, failing education systems, and a very poor economy.
“Fear not the past. We shall not let conglomerates come in and tell us we cannot change our laws.
“Our PSIP and DSIP will still play a pivotal role but it’ll be more anchored to suit district priorities.
“I am not multi-talented, neither am I a Saint. I am just a choir master in a choir group. I will conduct while you sing. Singing the song, which our children so truly deserve.
“I aim to make this country the first richest black Christian country in the world,” PM Marape concluded.