With the recent reputation of violence and destruction in Enga Province, the 48th independence was the first time in a long time to be celebrated with joy and peace in Enga province.
So many devastating crimes were all put aside during this special occasion, with people showing respect and love for each other and the country.
On 16th September morning a memorable march to Ipatas Centre was led by MP Sir Peter Ipatas and Don Polye, coordinated with the Provincial Police Force (PPF) and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) marching with the full support of the general public of Enga.
Ipatas Centre hosted the country’s Flag raising, National Anthem and the National Pledge.
The ceremony was continued at the Aipus Oval with activities and live bands to allow happiness and harmony to emerge from the people.
The Independence Day took place at the Aipus Oval.
The celebration was attended by the Governor for Enga Province Honorable Sir Peter Ipatas, Minister for Higher Education Honorable Don Polye and Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Sir George Kakas and the general public in Enga province.
Sir Ipatas stated his heart felt concern to the people of his province to leave the past and look to the hope of at least a better future for themselves and their neighbors.
Whilst in the celebration a group of Police officers were caught drinking and driving a police vehicle.
The suspect fled through the road block and was later caught with contraband alcohol.
PPC Kakas furiously said, “These officers will be dealt with and charged for their actions, discipline must be practiced first before it is inherited by the company kept.”
PPC Mr. Kakas added he was satisfied with the quiet and respectful public celebration outcome in the province.
Provincial police were very attentive to their duties in securing road checkpoints, foot patrols and vehicle patrols during the independence festivities.