PVCC clarifies permit issue

An empty stage on Thursday afternoon, after the Order to cease activities, issued by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs.

Lord Mayor of Port Vila City Council (PVCC), Eric Puyo-Festa, has come out to confirm that the Council has never granted a permit for the Fest’Napuan to take place.

His statement was made in response to the Chairlady of the Fest’Napuan committee, who told stall holders that the committee have sought a permit from PVCC to allow the music festival to proceed.

According to Chairlady, Jennifer Kausei, over the years, the Fest’Napuan committee usually sought permission only from the council for this major music show to take place.

But Mayor Puyo-Festa said the council only approved for “holding of event” and further approving for three main requests made by the committee.

These include; “The event to finish at 12am each night, exemption of Noise Permit as PVCC’s sponsorship of the event, and exemption of Etas landfill fees for 5 days, also as PVCC’s sponsorship of the event.”

The council never gave approval for permit, as the Minister of Internal Affairs only can grant approval for a permit.

The biggest music festival did not proceed as scheduled since Wednesday this week, and the committee’s failure to apply for a permit from the minister was listed as one of the reasons for the cancellation of the show.

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