Festival of Pacific Arts 2016. Photo credit: gov.mp

Festival of Pacific Arts 2016. Photo credit: gov.mp

The Parliamentary Opposition Group is concerned that nepotism has influenced the list of cultural groups that will represent Solomon Islands in this year’s Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam.

The Opposition says they have received complaints from various cultural groups that they have been misled by the Culture & Tourism Ministry.

According to the groups, the ministry instructed them to prepare for the upcoming FOPA this year.

However, after months of preparation they were surprised to discover that their names have been removed from the list.

The Parliamentary Opposition office says the government through the ministry needs to come clean with the list of groups that will represent the country and why some have been omitted for unknown reasons.

It is demanding the government to provide a thorough explanation as to why groups have been removed and replaced at the last minute.

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