Kondra Clears Rumor on Reappointment of Dr Simet

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Boka Kondra, cleared the air on the re-appointment of Dr.  Jacob Simet, as the Acting Director for National Cultural Commission.


Mr. Kondra says, due process was followed to appoint Dr. Simet, and dispelled any rumors surrounding his re-appointment.

Dr. Simet will serve as the Acting Director for the National Cultural Commission until July, when a permanent appointment will be made.


Mr. Kondra in a news conference yesterday, clarified the re-appointment of Dr. Jacob Simet, as the Acting Director for the National Cultural Commission.


It comes following allegations that proper process was not followed in his reappointment.


Simet’s last term as the Executive Director for the National Cultural Commission, lapsed in November 2011.


A number of attempts by the then board of NCC to deal with this matter, failed.


Mr. Kondra was aware of this when he took the office in August 2012, and took immediate steps to rectify this problem.


During this time, there were attempts by certain individuals who tried to by-pass the due process in appointing the Executive Director.


Mr. Kondra says, these individuals are known to the National Cultural Commission, and are responsible for spreading these rumors.


He said the position of the Executive Director for NCC is still vacant, and Dr. Jacob Simet is just Acting Director.


A permanent appointment will be made after the Melanesian Arts Festival in July.


In the meantime, National Cultural Commission has a festival to deliver and Dr. Jacob Simet hopes to deliver it on time.

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