By Chris Leua
Betikama Adventist College at the eastern end of Honiara was a hive of activities last night as Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, Madam Emmy Sogavare and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office took part in its Semester One closing ceremony.
Flanked by his most senior political advisors, Prime Minister Sogavare graced his presence at the country’s premier Seventh Day Adventist secondary school, rendering words of encouragement and advices to students before rounding off the evening with performances from his household band, Gospel Harmony.
College Principal Francis Lauvania welcomed the Prime Minister’s entourage at the school hall where a brief flag raising ceremony was held followed by an evening devotion led by the Prime Minister himself who is also a Church Elder at Keamami SDA Sogavare Memorial Church in North Guadalcanal.
Mr Lauvania told the Prime Minister who is a former student of the institution that the Betikama Adventist College community has always prayed for him in his leadership of the government and his family whom he depends on for moral support and the government.
Prime Minister Sogavare told staff and students that Betikama College has produced four prime ministers for Solomon Islands, including himself, and that there is no reason to think that it cannot produce more.
Later in the evening, Prime Minister Sogavare was joined at the stage by his son Brandt, a Betikama College student, and younger daughter Shannon to deliver heartwarming gospel songs that made a fitting finale for the occasion which lasted until 9:30 pm.