First of all, I would like to congratulate the Vanuatu people, government, business houses, donor partners, NGOs and everyone for helping each other for the past 40 years. This 40 years Independence celebration puts Vanuatu on the crossroads of difficult and precise decision making regarding our development goals and challenges.
The past 40 years are exciting times in Vanuatu as we observe our country grow to maturity. Observing someone who is born in 1980, Vanuatu should be seen to that extent of maturity, growth, overcomer, winner, provider and so forth. All these characteristics plus more is what we should see in our nation. Likewise, our 12th legislation though of different age groups and cultural background, must think between the lines of maturity and Independence.
We are 40 years of age, what does this really mean for you as a family member, community member and in your Island, Province and Nation? During graduation from University, a great leader told us, be the agent of Change.
Changes and Time will pass irrespective of your status but we must use these two wisely to impact that positive change as time passes. We owe the next 40 years to our children and grandchildren. They will be sitting on the very chair we are now. Let’s not mess it up for them but be a shining example for them.
Remember the song from famous reggae legend Bob Marley, “You Reap What You Sow” so starting at home we work together to raise great futures for our Nation. I hope our borders remain close a bit longer so we can get back to Vanuatu many of us still remember today.
Congratulations Vanuatu. “Yumi 40!”