The late Steven Pirika was described as a true leader who walked and worked his talk by doing action and bringing much development to South Bougainville. A humble person who always has time to listen to small people.
A chief from the Torokina district Steven Sareu speaking on behalf of the Torokina people to PNG Loop said he was lost of words when he heard the tragic news, and has conveyed his condolences.
“On behalf of the people of Torokina I would like to convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to the relatives and officers of our late member,” he said
“His death is now a great loss to us the people of south Bougainville and we do not know whom to elect and who will be exactly like him, and how he served us the people was so unique,” Sareu said.
“We here in Torokina have never benefitted from any other member but from the late Steven Pirika, who for the first time in history gave us an ambulance and outboard motors,” he said
“In the history of Torokina there was no ambulance here, because of him we have one now,” Sareu said.
“Mr Pirika is a well-known and respected businessman who has everything, but he felt sorry for us resigned from his own company and contested for the elections,” he said.
“I can say right now there won’t be any other like him,” Sareu said.
The people of south Bougainville are still in a state of shock since hearing news of their leader’s death in the Philippines while receiving medical treatment.
A house cry has already being set up in his home village in Rabaulu Siwai district, and the body was flown from Manila to Port Moresby yesterday.
Bougainville is now preparing to receive the late members Body once the National Government official’s liaise with the ABG.