Prime Minister Derek Sikua has challenged Solomon Islanders to work hard to strengthen the country.

In a speech to mark the nation's 30th anniversary on Monday, Prime Minister Sikua urged Solomon Islanders to work as a team.

He said that like the country's young football stars in Futsal and Beach Soccer, Solomon Islanders can make it if they are truly determined and committed. Dr. Sikua acknowledged the hard work of chiefs and leaders in towns and villages that have helped to build the country.

Dr Sikua said that for the Solomon Islands to continue to grow, it needs strong commitment from all Solomon Islanders - from mothers, nurses and doctors to pilots, captains of vessels, police and the Church.

Dr Sikua encouraged children in primary schools, and the young people in secondary, vocational training schools and colleges and universities to continue to work hard as a lot is expected of them.

He also thanked Diplomatic Missions, the country's donor partner and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

The Prime Minister said that it is only through hard work will we be able to improve the lives of the people in the country.