Papua New Guinea Names Adventist as Chief Justice
22 November 2018 | From Adventist Record – On November 13, Sir Gibbs Salika was named Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a term of 10 years. Salika is a member of Hohola Adventist Church in Port Moresby.
“Justice Salika is the longest-serving judge of the National and Supreme Courts and will be a strong and independent Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea,” said PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. “I congratulate Justice Salika on his appointment and I am confident he will provide the sound leadership required of the Chief Justice.”
Adventist Church leaders from PNG also congratulated the new Chief Justice.
“Justice Salika is one of the longest-serving elders in our Church, and has been a strong, vibrant church member for many years now,” said Central Papua Conference general secretary Pastor Rex Koi. “We praise God for his leadership, representing as an Adventist in the highest responsibility in the [judicial] system of our country.”
“On behalf of our worker-force and the church members, I would like to congratulate Chief Justice Gibbs Salika on his new appointment,” said Papua New Guinea Union Mission president Pastor Kepsie Elodo. “We are proud of his achievement and believe God has appointed him to this post.
“We urge Justice Salika to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide at all times, and encourage him to be loyal to his work and be fair in decision making to please both men and God. We wish him God’s blessings in all endeavours and our prayers will be with him.”
At the time of his appointment, Justice Salika was serving as Deputy Chief Justice. He had served as a judge of the National and Supreme Court for more than two consecutive terms since 1989.
According to the denomination’s Office of Research, Archives and Statistics, there were 300,399 Adventists in Papua New Guinea as of June 30, 2017.
Adventist Record is the official news and lifestyle magazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific.