Kolonia, Pohnpei: March 1, 2024 – Governor Stevenson A. Joseph, accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Ioanis and key members of his cabinet, including Attorney General Belsipa Mikel-Isom, Director of the Department of Land Luciano Abraham, Director of the Department of Education Stanley Etse, and Administrator of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Daniel Isaac, Chief of Staff Kapilly Capelle and Public Affairs Officer, Peteriko Hairens had the honor of a lunchtime audience with esteemed traditional leaders of Pohnpei.

The distinguished guests included Wasalapalap Isipahu, Nahnmwarki of Madolenihmw, Nanpwutak Pikiniap, Nahnmwarki of Sokehs, Pwoud Lepen Nett, Nahnmwarki of Nett, IsoNahnken of U, Likend Kelekel Madolenihmw, and Nahnalek Nett. This gathering provided a unique opportunity for open dialogue and collaboration between the elected government and the traditional leadership of Pohnpei.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to formally inform and extend an invitation to the traditional leaders to attend Governor Joseph’s first State of the State Message. Scheduled to take place on March 7, 2024, at 10:00 am in the chamber of the Pohnpei State Legislature, the address aims to update the community on the current state of affairs, achievements, and vision for the future.

Additionally, the lunchtime audience served as a platform to announce and inform the traditional leadership of the start of Women’s Day activities which will culminate on March 8, 2024, a public holiday, Pohnpei International Women’s Day and to engage in discussions on various areas of concern, fostering a spirit of cooperation between the government and traditional authorities. The Governor expressed his commitment to working hand in hand with traditional leaders for the overall development and prosperity of Pohnpei.

The meeting concluded with a mutual understanding and appreciation for the roles both the elected government and traditional leadership play in shaping the future of Pohnpei. This collaborative effort signifies a commitment to unity and progress for the betterment of the state and its people.


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