Acting President of NOCSI, Joe Ramoaea hands over the baton to Minister of Home Affairs, Manasseh Maelanga during the arrival of the baton on Friday
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Manasseh Maelanga on Friday welcomed the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay into the country.
Speaking during a brief ceremony at Henderson International airport Maelanga said it’s a pleasure receiving the queen’s baton to the shores of the country.
“It’s a pleasure for me to receive the baton on behalf of the people of Solomon Islands,” Maelanga said.
“This baton signifies the unity the citizens of the Commonwealth family have enjoyed for many generations.”
Maelanga said the baton represents the true spirit of unity which Solomon Islands and other Commonwealth countries continue to enjoy through sports.
“I believe this will rejuvenate the loyalty the peoples of the commonwealth family have towards the queen’s reign,” Maelanga added.
The minister, who is also responsible for sports, urged the people to find time to come out and witness the passage of the queen’s baton as it comes through areas of residence.
Immediately after the baton’s arrival, it was flown to Gizo where citizens there witnessed its journey yesterday.
The baton is expected to return to Honiara today and will be passed through the Commonwealth Youth Center (CYP) where a program will be hosted to celebrate the visit by the baton.
The baton will tour around various schools including the Commonwealth street and the National Referral Hospital (NRH) tomorrow.