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Vanuatu Independence Day Observed in PNG

Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby

In acknowledging Vanuatu’s 38th Independence anniversary, cadet officers at the Correctional Services Training College observed the day with two of their Vanuatu colleagues.

This morning, during the Commandant’s monthly inspection parade, the CS Pipes and Drums Band played the tune of Vanuatu’s National Anthem, in celebration of Vanuatu’s national sovereignty

Cadet Officers; Daniel Nakau and John George are senior officers from the Vanuatu Correctional Service, based in Port Vila.

They are part of 44 cadet officers undergoing the second batch of Cadet Training at Bomana.

They are the first Pacific Islanders to undergo the cadetship training in Papua New Guinea.

In commemorating their country’s national Independence, the CS Pipes and Drums Band played the tune of their national anthem, “Yumi, Yumi, Yumi” while the two saluted their flag.

Because of the lack of a Staff Training College for correctional officers in Vanuatu, their engagement with CSTC is seen as an important investment for the Vanuatu Government.

Unlike PNG, the CS Department in Vanuatu falls under the Public Service and has been in operation for just over 12 years.

To date, it has a little over 200 inmates, and most of the staff in Vanuatu do not undergo such training, compared to their PNG counterparts.

The celebration is the first of its kind in CS history, and attracted a respectable audience.

The bilateral relation between Papua New Guinea and the Vanuatu Government is a unique one.

In fact, it was the PNG Defence Force who assisted Vanuatu to overthrow the external government in 1980. A watershed in the country’s history, which later led to Vanuatu gaining  Independence.

Back then, it was a government secret, but now 38 years after, it is safe to say it was from Bomana that the Kumul Force conducted their training before going to Vanuatu and overthrowing the external government.

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