Momis - 1975 Vision for National Development still valid.
Post Courier Posted Sep 11, 2002 10:03 AM
Momis lauds early vision
THE vision for national development at independence in 1975 was wise and is still relevant 27 year later.
Constitutional founding father and North Solomons Governor John Momis recalled the dreams of his founding colleagues for a united and prosperous nation at the Fourth Huon Seminar yesterday.
Mr Momis led the call for current leaders to reacquaint with the early vision of the “founding fathers” for a united and prosperous nation as the ultimate goal for all nation-building efforts.
“The dream that was not to be, only because many leaders who were privileged to hold public office proved their disloyalty to the covenant they had with the people, by succumbing to ignorance, greed, multi-national corporations and other foreign influences,” Mr Momis said.
He said the constitutional fathers had a definite vision for the emerging PNG society.
“Our dream was to have a nation of rich diversity in terms of culture, language and geography and even religion, united by one commitment to Christian principles and our shared values of communialism and inter-dependence.
“The kind of society we envisioned for the new nation was enshrined in the national goals and directive principles of our constitution.
“Our society is to be an egalitarian society based on justice and human dignity,” Mr Momis said.
He said it seemed that these visions have been lost and there is a need to return to the national goals and directive principles to guide the younger generation to “maybe realise that dream”.
Also speaking at the seminar, senior statesman and Chancellor of Unitech Sir Alkan Tololo said it was through such forums that brought like-minded people to search for ways and strategies to solve some of the nation’s problems get it moving
Sir Alkan said the seminar, with the theme “Strategies for Effective Rural Development, Business, Industry and Education”, must stimulate thinking and a colletive stance to move the nation towards prosperity. He said key national wealth indicators were “very disappointing” at present.
Sir Alkan said population growth was too rapid and gross domestic product was very low and declining. Other speakers included Misty Baloiloi, Wilson Kamit and Bill Kua.
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