A welcome for PM Loughman on Ambae

The traditional escort of the PM to the PENAMA Provincial Headquarter at Saratama on Ambae following his arrival yesterday.Photo: Supplied

Chief representatives from the islands of Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo which forms PENAMA Province escorted the Prime Minister (PM) on a traditional carrier to the PENAMA Provincial Headquarter at Saratamata on Ambae following his arrival yesterday for today’s PENAMA Day celebration.

PM Bob Lougman performed a pig-killing ceremony and was bestowed with a chiefly name by the PENAMA chief representative from south Ambae.

The PM is on Ambae with a large government delegation with includes the Minister of Tourism, Trades, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, James Bule, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Johnny Koanapo, Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jay Ngwele and other senior officials.

The Head of State, Obed Moses Tallis, is expected to arrive today for the official program.

According to the program, a pig killing ceremony is scheduled at 9am upon the arrival of the Head of State.

Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) Band will lead the delegates in a parade to the stage where the official program will be held.

Main speeches for PENAMA Day will be delivered by PM Loughman and Minister Bule.

President Tallis will also deliver an address and present medals.

Highlights of today’s event includes the opening of two new buildings for the ministries of Trades and Finance.

Following his arrival on Ambae yesterday, PM Loughman handed over a new vehicle to be used for tourism, trades and commerce activities on Ambae.

A boat was also handed over carry out activities of the Ministry of Agriculture , Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Bio-Security (MALFFB).

In addition, a mini-solar incubator and rotavator was received by Ambaebule School with vegetable seeds, two solar freezers were given to north Ambae and south Ambae for beef and fish storage.

PM Loughman handed over these equipment on behalf of the Minister responsible, Willie Daniel Kalo.

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