150414PRESIDENT’S THREE PRINCIPLES
By Anthony Kaybing
The question pertaining to the outcome of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s future will rely on the ability of Bougainvilleans to work together.
To achieve this Autonomous Bougainville Government President, Chief Dr John Momis has encouraged Bougainvilleans to recognize three very important principles which they must embrace.
“The Principle of Solidarity is paramount in which our people are united, the Principle of Participation where every Bougainvillean participates in development and also important is the Principle of Subsidiarity where no Bougainvillean is marginalized with everyone having a fair go,” Dr Momis said.
Dr Momis said that it is high time Bougainvilleans learnt to work together in union with their government, the ABG, to further Bougainville’s aspirations to determine its political future.
Dr Momis said that if Bougainvilleans embrace these three principles and recognize the need for togetherness the people can and will achieve a positive outcome in Bougainville’s political future.
“The ABG has already made headway in creating new laws that strengthens Bougainville’s Autonomous arrangement but our government will not marginalize our people,” Dr Momis added.
He gave an example of the proposed Bougainville Mining Act saying that the ABG has an inclusive approach to deal with problems like the Panguna Mine issue where ex-combatants, landowners and average Bougainvilleans have their views gauged in ABG sponsored consultative forums.
In relation to the ABG’s laws the Dr Momis said that the enactment of the three new laws, the Public Management Act, the Public Finance Management Act and Tenders and Contracts Act create a viable receptacle for effective development.
The President said these laws will give the ABG strength to effectively deliver services to its people but what remains to be seen is the cooperation of the leaders, the public service and the people to see that things are not rendered useless.
“Inspite of our setbacks and lacking capacity we have to get our priorities right and know what we need to achieve development in all aspects,” he said.
“If you do not work for the greater good for Bougainville then you are certainly working against the ABG and the people of Bougainville,” President Momis said as he urged all Bougainvilleans to work in unity.
He made these remarks in his weekly talk on New Dawn FM at the weekend.