Anthem alteration ‘a great mistake’

first_imgArchbishop John Ribat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands in Port Moresby today said the organisers had more than enough time to consult the public or raise awareness of the alterations to the anthem.Archbishop Ribat says consultation by the organisers was never a concern during their planning stages and to say that the organisers  did not have time was a great mistake.“It was a great mistake and to say that it was not intentional, they could have consulted those in authority during planning stages,” he said.He said the National Identity Act of 1971 was passed to safeguard and promote the identity of the country.Makoda Production managing director Tanya Nugent in a press release on Tuesday (July 14) said “It was not our intention to cause offence, nor was it our intention to breach any laws of our nation and we apologise if we have done so.“The Makoda Productions team is now focusing intently on delivering the closing ceremony this Saturday, when we hope to shine the spotlight on the new friendships formed and the old bonds renewed as we the Pasifika peoples share the spirit of Wan Solwara,” said Nugent.last_img

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