NCD Governor Powes Parkop, with the support of the Board, Management and staff of the National Capital District Commission, have taken the lead again to organise various activities to commemorate this important event in the country’s political history.
“There will be a lot of fun and enjoyment for the residents of NCD as part of the celebrations for our 42nd anniversary of independence from September 15-17,” says chairman of the NCDC Independence Planning Committee Numa Alu.
The two main areas selected for the celebrations are Paga Hill Ring Road and Unagi Oval. The two-day celebrations at Paga Hill Ring Road starts today and Unagi Oval kick-started its programs yesterday, starting at 10am, with the musical concert ending on Sunday September 17.
Paga Hill Ring Road will have street festival, stalls, traditional singsing and fun games while at Unagi Oval, city residents will be entertained by various local artists, including Dadigii, Lista Serum, Wild Pack and Junior K-Mala, among others.
Apart from that, also at Unagi Oval will be other interesting performances, including the PNG Defence Force mock battle, PNG Fire Service demonstration and the police dog show.
The committee has also organised sports to be played from September 15 –18 at Hanuabada Village for volleyball, PNG Education Institute for touch rugby and Hohola basketball courts for basketball. There will also be a canoe racing competition at Ela Beach.
The main highlights of the celebrations will take place today starting at 9am at Paga Hill Ring Road, during which Governor Parkop will be delivering his Independence message, the unity march by school students and the official flag raising and national anthem.
“On behalf of the NCD Governor, Board, Management and staff of the Commission, I welcome our city residents to join us in the celebrations in commemorating our country’s 42nd independence anniversary and wish you all happy independence!”
(Residents during the Kokofa cultural show yesterday)