Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Joint inauguration celebrates Pohnpei Leadership

KOLONIA, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): January 17, 2004 - A joint Inauguration was held on January 12 2004, to seat the Head of Pohnpei State Government - Governor Johnny P. David and Lieutenant Governor Jack E. Yakana and members of the State's Sixth Legislative body.

The Oath of Office was administered to both Branches in front of a packed audience at the Pohnpei State Track & Field. Members of the audience include members of Paramount Chiefs of Pohnpei, President Joseph J. Urusemal, Vice President Redley Killion, officials from both the National and State Governments and dignitaries from the various governments and institutions in the FSM and the region.

With collaboration of the local media, the ceremony was broadcasted "live" through both the local radio and TV.

On the same day, the Legislatures held its reorganization meeting during which it elected new leadership for the Sixth Pohnpei State Legislature:

Speaker: Senator Nelson N. Pelep - Madolenihmw;
Vice Speaker: Senator Berney Martin - Kitti;
Floor Leader: SenatorFernando Scaliem - Kolonia.

The Standing Committee leadership is as follows:

Committee on Education and Cultural affairs:
Chairman: Naiten O. Phillip
Vice-Chairman: Edgar W. Lickaneth

Committee on Finance:
Chairman: Thomas S. Pablo
Vice-Chairman: Nihlis T. Ernest

Committee on Health and Social Affairs:
Chairman: Ausen T. Lambert
Vice-Chairman: Magdalena Walter

Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operation:
Chairman: Peter M. Lohn
Vice-Chairman: Robert Nakasone

Committee on Land:
Chairman: Francisco Ioanis
Vice-Chairman: Marvin Yamaguchi

Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Communication:
Chairman: Fredrico O. Primo
Vice-Chairman: Stevick Edwin

Committee on Resources and Development:
Chairman: Sailas Henry
Vice-Chairman: Felciano M. Perman

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356