Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa at the end of the official flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Committee and invited guests despite the celebration being a little bit different this year due to COVID 19 restrictions, the significance and the prominence of this celebration has continued nevertheless.
“As the chairperson of the 60th Independence Preparation Committee, I wish to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all invited guests, and everyone who are here today, witnessing the raising of our national flag to mark this year-long celebration.
I thank Reverend Elder Iosefa Uilelea, for the Word of God this morning. May His anointing and blessings be upon you in your calling.”
The Prime Minister also commended all sectors of Government, for their support and efforts in preparing this event.
“I have noticed and appreciated the talents and gifts of our police royal band. Dancing, and singing at the same time you serve to protect our country, is indeed a rare combination.
The celebration of our 60 years of Independence will continue for the whole year. This will give our people the opportunity to witness our programmes for Independence as in past years, which includes various cultural entertainments, cultural games such as the fautasi regatta and other similar programmes.
We anticipate and pray that the Lord will continue to guide us as we sail with faith throughout this yearlong celebration.”
The Prime Minister concluded by wishing good health to the Head of State, the Member of the Council of Deputies, the Government, development partners, and the people of Samoa.
“I also wish all districts and villages around the country memorable and eventful celebrations today.
Congratulations once again, on the celebration of our 60 years of Independence.”