BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
PUBLIC servants like yourself are hard to come by and the government of Solomon Islands will surely miss the determination, dedication, commitment and hard work you have continuously displayed during your service.
This is according to the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Derrick Manuari who was speaking at a farewell function hosted by Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) on June 22 for outgoing Public Solicitor, Mr Douglas Hou.
He stated that the day not only signifies the departure of a long time serving public solicitor but also celebrates and honors the services and contributions of a distinguished gentleman, role model public servant, an inspirational leader and an outstanding citizen.
“Mr Hou, I on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands hereby salute you and sincerely thank you for your dedication and services rendered,” said Manuari.
Moreover, he expressed that although he is new to the ministry, feedback received from those who served under Hou’s leadership speak of him as an individual who is hardworking, honest and accountable with a demonstrated heart for his duties and responsibilities.
Manuari mentioned that amidst hectic demands and complications of managing PSO with inadequate resources, Hou’s character of professionalism and enthusiasm has surely kept the office in continuity to deliver on its mandate.
The Member of Parliament for West Makira stated that he is certain that many of his staff and colleagues from other legal agencies throughout the government will cherish and appreciate the experience they have had of learning and working alongside someone with such high caliber.
“Your career in the public service has been nothing short of inspirational, your work ethics have been nothing short of motivational; your demeanor at work has been nothing short of professional and I am sure that in whatever you are going to do, your performance will be sensational,” he said.
Manuari in closing remarks wished Hou and his family best wishes in future aspirations as he opens a new chapter in life.
“I would like to close my remarks with the words from Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ,” he said.