The University of Papua New Guinea Student Representative Council has cut back on the Independence Cultural Show, initially supposed to be held at the UPNG Campus on the 16th of September.
This is according to a recent Press statement released by the UPNG SRC and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.
The Cultural show initially a part of the Amazing Port Moresby Festival celebrations was regrettably cancelled due to recent security concerns and issues affecting our city.
A representative from the NCDC Amazing Port Moresby Festival team Mr. Wanpis Ako has said that this cancelation will not in any way affect the calendar of celebrations set for this year.
“We respect the decision taken by the UPNG SRC to cancel its independence Celebrations due to security reasons.”
“As stakeholders, NCDC welcomes their decision and wants to emphasize that it will by no means affect our preparations for Amazing Port Moresby Independence Festival.”
Mr. Ako further stated that the disciplined forces are integral stakeholders in the Independence Committee and has assured the people that they have been working diligently to ensure the safety and security of all participants.
“We have well-established security and safety protocols, and our track record of successfully hosting events year in and year out is a testament to our commitment to the well-being of our citizens and our work mates.”
“They [disciplined forces] have assured us that overall safety and security during the celebrations is not worrisome.”
As the days count down to the Independence Celebrations, the Amazing Port Moresby team is confident about the all the necessary preparations that they have done for the celebrations.
“The spirit of Independence will shine through our diverse and exciting calendar of activities, promising an enjoyable and memorable celebration.”
Meanwhile the UPNG SRC has sincerely apologized to the public and its students for the cancellation and has assured its students that the school will host a mini-independence celebration for its students on the 15th of September to mark the country’s 48th Independence Celebration.