​‘We can transform the country’

​We should not lose confidence in ourselves; we can transform the country.

An overwhelmed and emotional Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare stated this during his farewell yesterday at the Bomana Police College.

Thanking God for the gift of life, Somare said he has watched this nation grow from an idea to what is before us today, with the power to decide on our own destiny.

“We are going through the notion of nationhood so we must be patient,” said the Grand Chief.

“We must remember that despite going on to 42 years of independence this year, it is still quite young.”

Somare thanked the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for making a special effort to farewell him after 49 years of service to PNG.

“If you were me sitting up here, retired, you would have tears in your eyes. It’s a wonderful parade.”

Annette Kora