Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, as the Chief Guest, berated officials and the Ministry who organized the 'Maha Pola' at St. Anthony's College, Katugastota, last week, when he spoke at its closing ceremony.
Governor Kobbekaduwa had been invited by the Minister and the Secretary for this function at the last moment and had come in the hope that the Minister himself would be present, but it was not so.
The Governor said the concept of the Maha Pola mooted by the late Minister Lalith Athulathmudali, was to help a school in need of assistance, by organising the Maha Pola in that school. But, in this instance, there were not many people, as it was poorly organised, and hoped that the President would take notice of this poor show, he added.
The Governor said that when he came for the one-day cricket match between St. Anthony's and Trinity College, the ground was in immaculate condition, but today, it is like a paddy field. He called upon the organizers of the Maha Pola to ensure that the grounds were restored to a better condition.
On inquiring about the absence of the subject Minister at the event, the Governor had been informed by an Assistant Secretary, that the Provincial Minister had to attend to some urgent matter due to the situation in the country. The Governor said that, he should have been apprised of the Minister’s absence, without having to come to know of the situation, on arrival at the function.
The Governor said that, he was informed that no permission had been sought or granted to hold this event at St. Anthony's College, which should have been done.
When the Sunday Times contacted the Governor, he said that some officials staged these events to mislead the President that all is well, which is not so.