The Bougainville students of Pacific Adventist University in Port Moresby have appointed Fabian Epota as their new president for 2015.
Fabian is the son of William Epota one of the candidates who stood for the Torokina Constituency seat in the 2015 General Election. He had previously served as member for Torokina in the first Bougainville House of Representatives.
The Bougainvillean students at Pacific Aventist University appointed Fabian for the potential he has shown in leading the students at this institution.
Outgoing president, Ezekiel Masat, held hands with Epota to symbolise the handing over of the leadership.
Masat served as president of the student’s for one year and also hails from a political family, with his father, Ezekiel Masat Senior, elected as the representative of the Tonsu constituency in the 2015 general election.
Fabian Epota is a third year student taking Arts and Humanities; he is an outstanding person and the students trusted him to be their leader for this year.
“I am your leader, but that doesn’t mean I have all the power to do everything,” Mr Epota said.
“I am a leader because of you appointed me and I expect you to assist me in this role and correct me if I make mistakes along the way.”
Soon after Mr Epota was appointed the Bougainville Students’ Association of Pacific Adventist University held their first fundraising on the campus, which was a success and a good amount of money was raised.
Prior to the fundraising Mr Epota, as a new leader, organized transport for all the Bougainville students to go and vote at the electoral office in Waigani.
This action paints a picture of a creative leader who cares about the students as well as the community.
Students from each faculty commented on the Bougainville Students’ outstanding leader. In the eyes of most of the Bougainville students, Fabian will become an outstanding leader in the future.
“It is a challenge to become a leader, and next year I need co-operation from the students,” Mr Epota said.
“A majority of the students who are currently working side by side with me will be graduating at the end of this year and leadership in this age is a two way thing.
“You must face challenge and as a true leader, leading with your heart, you must never give up.”