Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Hon. Derek Sikua has expressed his disappointment over the failure of the organizing committee to avail an official programme for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.

Dr Sikua says the country's dignitaries including parliamentarians have been kept in the dark about the official programme for which proved to be disappointing.

He said it was made worse when there was no official invitation given to relevant dignitaries to attend the official opening ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium on Monday.

The Opposition Leader said playing host to this event is a dream come true for the country and nothing is more rewarding than being honoured to witness the event and sharing with the rest of Solomon Islanders the excitement and pride of this achievement.

Dr Sikua says the non invitation of relevant government dignitaries and others could imply that Solomon Islands dignitaries do not value and respect the importance of this event to Solomon Islands and the pacific region