Women from Wakunai district yesterday converged into their District centre to commemorate National women’s day.
The women representing their Wards and church groups presented items like choirs and dances as part of their celebrations.
They started the program with all participants marching in front of the small crowd that also attended the celebration.
The President of the Wakunai District Women’s Federation, ZIPORAH HILA told the gathering that the women of Wakunai were organized through their newly established organization.
She said that this was their first gathering since they established their association last year.
She said that they would be organizing similar gatherings in future.
270312 WOMMENS DAY CELEBRATIONS FOR WAKUNAI
By Tapo Tovilu
The women of Wakunai and the surrounding areas celebrated their International Women’s Day celebrations today in Wakunai.
Keynote speaker Member for North Bougainville representing women Joan Jerome challenged women to be productive in their respective levels no matter their situation.
The member was pleased with the six village councils for the event which she says was the first women’s day celebrations of its kind in the area.
She also called for the community to rid the Wakunai area of firearms so that life would be normal again.
She appealed that the guns were to fight for freedom and when giving them up not call for money from the ABG.
She also gave a minute silence in commemoration for the women who lost their lives during the crisis and also for the women who lost their lives in the MV Rabaul Queen disaster.
280312 CALLS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF GOOD LEADERS
By Tapo Tovilu
The upcoming elections must bare good fruit with visionary and committed leaders to the country and the region of Bougainville.
These were the words of Bob Kebaja who is part of a team of four who are touring provinces in the country giving awareness on good governance and better leadership for the country.
The team from the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship from the University of Technology in Lae are here in Bougainville for the awareness on selecting good leaders in the upcoming elections.
Mr Kebaja told New Dawn FM that they were here on the invitation and sponsorship of Bougainville electoral commissioner Raytama Taravaru.
He says that the country currently is facing an leadership country and the people now have the upcoming elections to change the future.
He says that visionary and God fearing leaders must be elected for the leadership of the nation into prosperity.
The team left for Rabaul this afternoon and their full awareness program can be heard on New Dawn FM Bougainville Tedei Program tomorrow.
The liquor licencing committee today issued a total of more than 32 licences to liquor shop and tavern owners in Bougainville.
Their meet porously was also for discussing the outcomes of the current unpaid liquor bills of the two major liquor distributors in the region.
Liquor commissioners from both South and Central were also present to issue the licenses.
A businessman who was present to collect his licence called on the government to look into the liquor taxations imposed in the region.
He says that Bougainville is taxed higher than other provinces in the country with the imposing tax for a can of beer being at 75t per can.
He also added that this has caused the current outstanding taxation bills to the ABG from the two major liquor distributors.
In support a representative of one of the companies under scrutiny says that due to the high tax imposed the company is slowly paying in parts.
He also criticized the liquor commission for not collecting tax from other distributors who bring in liquor from Rabaul illegally.
He says that taxation is for all and must not be taken only from them because in the end the people will suffer the most.