Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari, launched the annual canoe race on the Aroma Coast in the Central Province on Friday.
Hundreds lined the Aroma Coast to witness the annual Aroma Coast Canoe Race, now known as the Peter O’Neill Cup.
The Chief Secretary stood in for the Prime Minister who was attending the National Prayer Day event.
He conveyed the Prime Minister’s assurance of support for the event and congratulated the organisers for their tireless work in ensuring a successful completion day.
Ambassador Lupari announced on behalf of the Prime Minister that the Aroma Coast Canoe Race will now receive K100,000 each year.
Ambassador Lupari said this occasion is not only a sporting event but it also demonstrates the navigational skills and sea-faring knowledge used by the people for many generations.
“This is also an event of bringing communities and families together, promoting love, peace and unity in our community,” Lupari said.
He said because this event is part of our tradition, we should establish it in our national calendar.
“So your member and I look forward to take a submission to cabinet so it is recognised and continues to receive government support,” he added.
The event saw a good number of local canoe racers showcase their skills on the water amidst challenging winds.