A Secure Future – Paul Buttigieg, PN candidate – 13 District
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“On March 9, our citizens are being called to participate on one of the most important of duties by using their vote to elect a new Government for the next five years. This is a duty that all citizens should take seriously. The decision will install a new legislature. No responsible citizen worth his dignity should remain passive when confronted with such an important choice considering that the future of our country depends on it.
Once more I have been asked by the Nationalist Party and in particular by the Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi to put myself forward as a candidate in the general election. And as I had said YES five years ago having then seen and felt the duty to offer in full measure my services to such a cause in the national interest, once more I said an emphatic YES.
Gozitans are aware that I have been involved in politics since I was 19 years of years, sixteen of which I spent as Mayor of Qala. I worked very hard for my locality and I feel both proud and fulfilled that I have helped anyone who turned to me for help, irrespective of who they were. I always believed in this kind of politics – respecting in practice all shades of opinion.
It is true that at times not all that is desired can be attained through political action but together with my fellow Councillors I worked hard to continue to embellish our village, as it was my duty to do. Through my personal efforts Qala gained from European Union funds and in several other material ways, resulting in even more embellishment and projects which enhanced Qala’s profile.
Once more I am offering my services not to my locality only but also to our country. My long experience as Mayor taught me convincingly that when politics is properly put into practice, it becomes an effective powerful tool for the improvement of people’s lives.
I always believed in politics as a continuous encounter with fellow citizens, learning about their needs, their problems and their aspirations. A learning process which I have appreciated immensely. It is politics as a service, without undue publicity that I always believed in.
I have worked for many years at the Gozo General Hospital where at present I occupy the position of Manager Nursing Services. There I come into daily contact with a large number of health workers and a substantial number of patients and their families, all with their particular worries and needs which I have always tried to address.
My career in the health service taught me to appreciate the value of life and that I should never stop from endeavouring to better whatever services we offer. These last five years, thanks to the present Government and the Gozo Ministry we have seen the continuation of a modernisation programme at the hospital, not only in its environs but also substantially with all types of new equipment, hence cutting down on the needs of Gozitan patients to visit Mater Dei hospital for their medical appointments.
Most of the principal services, particularly those related to CCU/ITU, renal. radiology and others, such as the hyperbaric unit and the newly re-furbished operating theatres are now available in Gozo. These will be inaugurated in the coming days.
A tour of Gozo reveals to one and all the large number of projects that have been implemented on the island, both recently and in the not too distant past. These projects bear the signature of the Nationalist Party in office for the last 25 years bar the twenty two months of Alfred Sant’s Government between 1996 and 1998.
The road infrastructure of European standard, a brand new secondary school, a well equipped Gymnasium, new Gozo Channel boats, new terminals at Mgarr and Cirkewwa, the Institute of Tourism Studies in Qala, the University Centre, public gardens and many more have changed the island for the better.
The Nationalist Party guarantees you a secure future, be it in education, work and medical care in hospitals that compete with the best. But none of this can be taken for granted. Only a sound economy can. Only the Nationalist Party can continue to deliver on the economy.
The choice is truly in our hands as we cast our vote on March 9.”
PN candidate – 13 District