Mr Kalsakau and another Port-Vila MP Kalo, MP Fred Taso and MP Williams, all performed customary mats ceremonies to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, declaring their allegiance to stand with the present Government.
MP Albert Williams and Fred Tasso were with the Government after the snap moved to the U-Bloc in the Opposition side. MP Seule, of the green confederation was also with the government, but moved to the opposition bloc.
He decided to move back to the government side following the formation of the Shefa Provincial council and green Executive Council. He also re-joined the president of the green confederation Party Mr Toara Daniel who is still loyal to the coalition government of PM Salwai. Mr Kalsakau, collect lively decided with the three other colleagues Mps to join the government of the Prime minister Charlot Salwai for what they all stated as uniting for the sake of the welfare of the people and the nation.
The Prime minister also exchanged four mats to each of the four Mps during the ceremony.’ Speaking first on behalf of the four MPs, the Paama MP Fred Tasso expressed their gratitude to the prime minister for accepting them into the Government.
He expressed regret for the previous move tree them took to move out of the Government to join the opposition and said this is now behind as they stepped back into the current coalition government to work hand in hand to serve the people and the nation of Vanuatu.
Albert Williams, Fred Taso, and Seule kalo, presented a mat each to the Prime Minister while MP Albert Williams also presented a second mat to MP Johnny Koanapo, Parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, whom he described as close colleagues in the government administration before both men became MP’s.
Daily Post quoted PM Salwai saying that: “Our country and our people need every support by the all of us the elected members of parliament particularly the government in this challenging time”
In uniting and working together as a government gives the trust to our people of the better future ahead. “Your decision in joining the government today (yesterday), further consolidate this aspiration. “I have trust in each and hands together in taking this nation forward.
“Despite Vanuatu’s population of only 300.000 people, we still unemployment amongst our people, especially in the youth sector. “We need to pull together as a leader to find solution to this other issues that our people and country face today “ “Let us leave the past behind sit the down together as reflect in the exchange in traditional mats to explore all avenues for solutions for solution for our people and nation”
We were elected by our people to serve them and I am pleased of your decision in join this government, our government and the government of the people of Vanuatu to work together in achieving better development goals to improve the life of our people” Prime minister Salwai remarked. In all their respective remarks the fours MPs assured prime minister that this is the very reason they have decided to join the government and that is to be “in’ in the government because only being “in” the government can they contribute more positively in decision making process as well dialoguing over issues, and providing solutions that will improve the life of the people and the country.
They assured the prime minister of their allegiances and support to the government he leads. Together with Mr Salwai, the four MPs agreed it is high time to make chances, identify and prioritize and improve the life of the people and the country as well as addressing the growing concerns of the young people in the country.
In his remarks, MP Kalsakau, said since becoming an MP, the people he meets always questioned wh6y he is not in the government. He said their concern have led him to make the decision which he believes is right to join government for the reason of being in the government to address such an issue as un-employment and standing within the government of finding answers and solutions to these issues.
Mr kalsakau agreed with remarks made by the minister Salwai that it is the responsibilities of the MPs and the government of the days to address the social issues including un-employment, minimum wages and the conditions of services of employees in the country. This ceremony preceded another also in the same afternoon that saw the rural Development Party’s and join government.