Bougainvilleans in Port Moresby on Saturday celebrated the 7th Autonomous Bougainville Government Day, marking the political achievements of Bougainville.
The celebration was held under the theme, ‘Unity is Strength! Where Are We Now?’ Bougainville President Chief John Momis was the guest of honour at the anniversary celebration.
Last Friday (18/06/12) marks the seventh anniversary, of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, since June 15, 2005. It marks the political achievements of Bougainville, following the ten year Crisis in 1989.
Celebrations began at the Don Bosco Hall in Port Moresby and continued through the weekend. The Bisini softball diamonds was packed to capacity yesterday as hundreds turned up to witness the seventh ABG Day anniversary celebrations.
It was a colorful and fun filed event with numerous activities ranging from traditional dances, bamboo band and live band performances.
The main highlight of the ABG Day was the Mr and Miss Bougainville Quest scooped by Mr and Miss Tsitalato Constituency, which was judged under a solid three judges.
Bougainville President Chief John Momis in his keynote address spoke about the importance of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, signed in Arawa in 2001 and why it should be implemented by both the PNG National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
Chief Momis said there’ve many critics on the peace agreement not being implemented however said PNG isn’t honouring its commitments seriously such as the quick release of grants, which undermines the real intention and potential of the autonomy for Bougainville.
President Chief Momis said the National Government with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, have the indispensible role in implementing the Bougainville Peace Agreement. He believes the peace agreement will only be implemented if it’s well understood by everyone.
Chief Momis said each party must perform and deliver on its promises and commitments to give full and proper effect to the peace agreement.
Momis believes the National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government must work together to move Bougainville forward in order to achieve its dreams to become and independent nation.