MEMBERS of the security subcommittee of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture made security assessments of two major festival venues last week.
Led by subcommittee chairman, Noel Sarei, the team (pictured) visited Constitution Park, the main festival venue, and Sir John Guise Stadium, which will host the festival opening and closing ceremonies.
“We are here to see both venues so that the subcommittee inspects first-hand the grounds, entry and exit points, and requirements for security and protocol”, said Mr Sarei.
“With this perspective, we will report back to the Prime Minister, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Festival Organizing Committee.
Hundreds of people from throughout PNG and the Pacific will participate in the festival from 28 June to 11 July.
The Goroka Show has joined with the Hagen Show for the event while the Garamut and Mambu Festival in Wewak, the Kenu and Kundu Festival in Alotau and the Warwagira Festival in Kokopo will all be held to coincide with the festival.
The Police Commissioner is to make a public statement advising the public of policing arrangements in National Capital District and in the festival satellite provinces.
Chief Superintendent Lamu is also accompanied on the subcommittee by a team of policemen, are Sergeant James Pius, Sergeant Kemoa Kalaudoga, and Superintendent Frawley Terence.