The new National Cultural Commission head Steven Kilanda urges support and commitment from staff to move the organization forward in preserving the country’s cultural heritage. According to NCC’s brief progressive report for the month of February and March, Kilanda replaces John Uani as the new acting executive director for this year 2019.
“The functions and responsibilities of the National Cultural Commission are important to preserve, protect, safeguard, develop and promote the country’s traditional and contemporary cultural heritage,” Kilanda said.
The report highlighted that due to the current modern and development influences that have degraded certain aspects of the PNG’s cultures at a rapid phase, the organization under this new leadership of Mr Kilanda pledges to try and address that.
“The organization must react to this situation which means NCC must be adequately funded so that programs are implemented to safeguard our cultures,” Kilanda said.
He said like any other Government institutions, agencies and departments the funding normally comes in very late for March allocation so NCC operations were slowed.
“If this continues for the next three or so years, the organization will lose a lot of its archival materials to wear and tear and this becomes a national security issue as far as protection of our national identity is concerned,” he added.
Kilanda furthered that PNG’s national identity is at stake if the national government does not acknowledge the importance of the organization, its recurrent programs and activities. NCC is also working on increasing its manpower to start work on projects that have been left idle.
“We are also working around the clock seeking assistance from corporate entities, development partners and diplomatic offices from development partner economies to restore NCC and its institutions from its current status to their former glories,” Kilanda said.