He was speaking during the traditional Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) New Year’s day gathering on Friday morning at the Seychelles Coast Guard base at Ile du Port. The celebration was attended by the Chief of Defence Forces, Brigadier Leopold Payet as well as high ranking officers of the SPDF, and all the units of the Armed Forces.
Addressing the officers of the SPDF, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the President thanked them for their hard work, loyalty and professionalism in the protection of the country and safeguarding of its sovereignty in 2015.
He said Seychelles is known around the world for its peace and stability, and noted the good work of the SPDF in keeping peace, unity and stability of the country.
The President noted that there are persons who are inciting instability in the country and he cautioned against this kind of behaviour, which would impede the progress of the country.
Mr Michel said it is important to protect the order of the country, for all Seychellois to love their country and to ensure it remains peaceful and stable.
The President noted that it is important for all officers to be loyal, to show respect towards their superiors and not to engage in unruly behaviour that could lend them in trouble.
He noted that he has asked Brigadier Payet to set up a committee which will work on improving the welfare of all soldiers and told the officers that the SPDF will build a mess where retired servicemen and those still serving the army can meet up to discuss different issues and spend a good time.
The ceremony was also marked by army chaplain deacon Louis Agathine’s New Year blessings.
As for Brigadier Payet he said described the year 2015 as one filled with challenges and asked officers to specialise in a specific field and at the same time called on young Seychellois to join the armed forces.
Brigadier Payet noted that another ceremony will be organised later during the year to reward officers who have persevered and achieved great things in 2015.
The ceremony at the Coastguard ended with a reception and the President also cut a cake made especially for the occasion.
Source : Seychelles NATION