Speaking at the Independence Hill to mark the country’s 42 year’s anniversary, O’Neill said our country is very unique as we have tens of thousands of years of history, different cultures but have united as one people.
“We need to focus on what we can do to play a part in our national development – both as individuals and in our communities.
“The opportunities before our country are great, but there is a lot of work ahead for each of us if we are to reach our true national potential.”
He said now is the time for every Papua New Guinean to drive change in our country.
“We are indeed – a diverse nation. And embracing diversity is something that we do well in our country.
“We come from a thousand different tribes and over 800 different languages – and we are united as one people and one country.
“Our Government will continue to empower the provinces and the districts to make more decisions at a local level.
“At the same time, we must continue strengthen National institutions to better work with the regions in the delivery of core Government services.”