'Stay the course for independence'

BOUGAINVILLE President Ishmael Toroama has urged Bougainvilleans to stand firm on the island’s aspirations for political independence.
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Some of the young people listening to an address by President Toroama

Staff Reporter

Toroama said this when speaking to young people of different Christian denominations who had gathered at Roreinang United Church Mission last week, Bougainville News reported.
 
"The question we have to ask ourselves today is: are we one of those patriotic Bougainvilleans willing to go the distance to achieve Bougainville's aspirations for independence?
 
"Are we steadfast in our resolve to contribute to being responsible citizens and to create a workaholic society that is committed to Bougainville's development and the welfare of its citizens?
 
"Our people must not waiver in our journey to independence, we must unite, we must stand firm so shall we realise Bougainville's aspirations on political independence as a sovereign nation.
 
"Our new political roadmap is the 98% referendum vote where we voted for Bougainville's independence.
 
"The will of our people to be independent through the referendum has clearly outlined what the Autonomous Bougainville Government must work towards achieving for the people of Bougainville," he said.
 
Toroama added that there would be challenges along the way, one of which would be upgrading infrastructure.
 

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