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Friday, October 20, 2006

To'abaita youth offered professional training attachment in Brisbane, Australia

A To'abaita youth who has recently graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from UNITECH Lae in Papua New Guinea, and currently working in Honiara has been offered a 6 weeks professional training in Brisbane.

He is Mr Ishmael Alulu who hails from Gwaunasu'u Village near Loina in North Malaita.

According to Mr Alulu, he is currently attaching under the Transport and Infrastructure Planning of the Brisbane City Council in Queensland, Australia. It is understood that this is his fourth week of professional training and he is expected to return to the Solomon Islands early next month on 4th November.

Ishmael Alulu's academic profile showed that he did his primary school in North Malaita before coming to Betikama to do forms 1-6 from 1993 to 1998. After that he was awarded a Solomon Islands Government Scholarship to undertake undergraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Technology in Lae, PNG. He completed his studies at the end of 2003. Since then he has been working with the Public Works Ministry and other private and public offices in Honiara. Now he is working with the Transport Policy and Planning Unit which deals mostly with prioritising the transport sectors in Solomon Islands.

In addition, Mr Alulu is a prominent soccer player both locally and internationally. In the rural areas he is the captain for the Malogwas Soccer Club from the Loina area. Internationally, he has been an active player in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League during his years at UNITECH Lae. As a result has played with his PNG Champion club, UNITECH, in the Oceania Club Championships Qualifier in Port Moresby, PNG, from January 9-22 in 2001 along with another renowned To'abaita player Moffat Konofilia (Jnr). In May this year, Mr Konofilia and Ishmael Alulu were again signed by Sobou Football Club from PNG, and went to play with Sobou FC at the 2006 Oceania Club Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prior to his departure to Australia, he is the current treasurer for the To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) Steering Committee in Honiara.

Therefore, we would like to congratulate him for his recent personal achievement which will go a long way to benefit the North Malaita region and Solomon Islands in terms of human resource base, and our goal of restoring a good image to North Malaita. We believe the ongoing achievements either personal or collective from North Malaita people will help to inspire others in what ever they do to work hard and diligently in order to excel.

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