BUKA – Bougainville’s President John Momis has urged Bougainville public servants to conscientiously prepare for the referendum on the autonomous province’s political future scheduled for mid-June.
“We are about to write the history of this island,” Dr Momis said. “The eyes of the world and the region are trained on us as we prepare for a historical and political exercise that will be our legacy to the next generation.
“In the past months we have sped up our awareness campaign. Precious funds have been spent and long man hours sacrificed.
“And from the north to the south, from the Atolls to Suir, our people - with tremendous love for Bougainville - did their part to make sure their villages are weapons free,” he said.
Dr Momis said that despite signs of prosperity and progress there are still points of regression in the public service that must be eradicated.
Corruption had seeped through the corridors in recent years with nepotism and ‘under the table’ deals had become rampant.
He said it was embarrassing that the Bougainville Administration has had to submit to the scrutiny of the anti-fraud division because it fell short of the expectation to exercise and embrace accountability and responsibility.
“Now is the time to stand together serving our people who have been neglected for many years because of our failure to act and behave like true public servants,” Dr Momis stated.
“It is not too late to bring back the glory days of Bougainville envied by the other provinces in Papua New Guinea.
“The window of opportunity for us to show to the world what we are made of is closing. Let us not allow this to slip from our grip. It can be done if we all want it badly enough,” he said.