As part of his commitment to engage and dialogue with the FSM people, President Peter M. Christian visited the Eastern Islands of Mwoakilloa and Pingelap from January 12-15, 2016. Accompanying President Christian were Pohnpei State Senators Maske Jim of Mwoakilloa, Daniel Isaac of Pingelap, and Cindylina Lekka of Nukuoro. The timely visits took place immediately following those Municipalities’ recent inaugurations of their new Governments.
On both Mwoakilloa and Pingelap Atolls, President Christian first engaged in open forums with residents, followed by formal meetings with Municipal officials. President Christian and his entourage also conducted site visits to the airstrips and the elementary school facilities on these Atolls.
Common to these public facilities in both locations was the need for some repair and improvement work to ensure the safety of travelling visitors, citizens, and school students. President Christian assured municipal officials of both Atolls that he will do all he can to assist in these efforts; he also urged officials that as a first step, it would be appropriate that these requests for improvements are forwarded to the Governor of Pohnpei State and the Pohnpei State Legislature.
Since his election to the Presidency, President Christian has completed State visits to all the FSM States, as well as visits to numerous outer islands of the Federation. In the coming months, he plans to continue his outreach activities throughout the Nation’s other outer island communities.