Szczecin: Prime Minister Beata Szydło bade farewell to voivode Piotr Jania

On behalf of the government of the Republic of Poland I thank you for your service, service to Poland and its people, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Friday during the funeral of West Pomerania voivode Piotr Jania.

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fot. P.Tracz/KPRM

The head of the government expressed her grief due to the untimely death of West Pomerania voivode. She stressed his huge contribution to Szczecin, as well as the Polish maritime economy and the shipbuilding industry. The tunnel, the ring road, extension of the LNG terminal: that was his life. He saw the great West Pomerania united with Poland. He loved Poland, he loved Szczecin, he loved this land, Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed the involvement of the late Piotr Jania in the development of the region and committed herself to fulfilling his vision.

The last goodbye of West Pomerania voivode

Mr voivode, you set out on your last sail too early, but you took a good course throughout your life. Sail safely and calmly to the eternal port at which each of us would finally call and there we shall meet, said Beata Szydło. She added that Piotr Jania was a good man whose energy and optimism overcame all difficulties.

Posthumous medal for Piotr Jania

Piotr Jania was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross with a Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Eminent activist

Piotr Jania served as voivode from December 2015. He was a politician and an experienced local government activist.  He was connected with the Szczecin port industry for 40 years. In the 1970s Piotr Jania participated in the workers’ rebellion in Szczecin. In the 1980s he was a “Solidarity” activist. He was the author and editor of the underground magazine “CDN” and distributor of freedom publications, and in 1988 he co-organised the strike in the Szczecin port. He also helped the interned, the arrested, and their families within the Bishops’ Charity and Social Committee.  For his activity in the independence opposition, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by president Lech Kaczyński in 2008. He died on 14 August in Zabrze at the age of 64.

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