The Ministry of Education, Sports, and the Creative Industries, along with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, has issued an apology to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda.
The apology is in response to the recent incident that occurred during the announcement of the National Awards and Drone show at the Ceremonial Parade.
In their statement, the Ministry expressed deep regret for the lack of a seamless transition between the National Awards and the highly anticipated Drone Show, which had replaced the traditional fireworks display.
The incident was attributed to time-sensitive constraints imposed by Air Traffic Control, which endangered the designated show window for the drones as approved by Air Traffic.
The Ministry said it acknowledged that the occurrence of such an incident during the most significant segment of the program was regrettable.
Daryll Matthew, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries, and the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, expressed his most sincere apologies to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, the office of the Governor General, and all of the Awardees.
In collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, the Ministry of Education, Sports, and the Creative Industries said it was committed to conducting a comprehensive review of the protocols and logistics for future events.
The goal is to ensure that such unfortunate occurrences do not repeat themselves.
The Ministry will take all necessary measures to prevent any disruptions in future programs, providing a smoother and more enjoyable experience for all attendees and participants.
The Ministry recognizes the importance of upholding the integrity and prestige of His Excellency’s Office.
They are unwavering in their commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in all future endeavors.
The Ministry pledges to make every effort to rectify this unfortunate incident.