Central Provincial Government Presents Cheques to Various Tertiary Institutions for Governor's 2023 Tuition Fees Support Program
by PNG Business News - May 24, 2023
Photo: Central Governor Hon. Rufina Peter with representatives of various tertiary institutions holding on to their check payments
A timely step has been taken by the Central Provincial Government to relief Central Tertiary Students for its 2023 tuition fees totally at the cost of K3, 456 050 presented to various Tertiary Institutions in the country on Friday 19th of May, 2023 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
The Governor's Tuition support fee program is a first of its kind under the leadership of Central Governor Rufina Peter where investigative research had been carried out to roll out the program.
"Human Resource Development is our first priority in the Central Province it is a valuable asset in equipping our people to contribute meaningfully in the Province development.
"This is a first of its kind and we hope to improve well with students performance evaluated according to their GPA.
"K2, 000 000 was taken out of Central Province Internal Revenue and K1, 456 050 from PIP funding hopefully we make an increase to provide K2, 000 per student but for now each student will receive K1,200 said Governor Rufina.
Coordinator of Central Governor's Tuition Fees Support Program Mr. Paul Senkai commented that they had to to start from scratch in collecting data and making sure credible records were kept of students who were able to participate in the program.
" We are more than happy to liase with the various Tertiary Institutions and make sure that our students perform well to continue on with their studies", said Mr. Senkai.
The following representative of various Tertiary Institutions present were Datec Learning Centre, Port Moresby Business College, Asia Pacific College, Mapex Training Institute, Kumul Training Institute, International Training Institute and Highlands Youth Vocational. Other Tertiary Institutions absent on the occasion were University of Papua New Guinea open and main campus and University of Technology.
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PNG Business News - May 24, 2023
Central Provincial Government Presents a Cheque of K280,000 as counterpart funding for Rural Service Delivery Project
The Central Provincial Government has facilitated yesterday (18th of May, 2023) at Crown Hotel with a cheque of K280,000 for their 4 districts including their 5083 wards to help improve its communities access basic infrastructure and services through the Rural Service Delivery Project. The Rural Service Delivery Project is sanctioned and implemented by the Government of Papua New Guinea under the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs through World Bank's credit facility and the Australian Government's grant for a period of five years. Present to witness this ongoing 5 year project to become a reality where stakeholders including Member for Kikori and Minister for Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, Hon. Soroi Marepo Eoe and dignitaries from the Central Provincial Government and Department of Provincial and local Government Affairs. Central Governor Honorable Rufina Peter was pleased to see stakeholders present for the occasion and emphasized the importance of the RSD project which is a community oriented project involving the community to participate in basic services and infrastructure developments lacking in their community. "We are talking about taking back Papua New Guinea well this RSD Project is a community based initiative where communities take part in development by doing so we are leaving no one behind " said Governor Peter. Minister for Department of Provincial and local Government Affairs Honourable Soroi Eoe thanked the Central Provincial Government for taking the lead in the RSD project as Central Province was so far a successful recipient in previous projects received along with East New Britain Province, Chimbu Province and Western Province. "With the experience received by our madam governor for Central Province as a former project Manager for RSDP I believe that this counter funding will go a long way with the support of my ministry taking the lead in establishing key projects in the Central Province ", stated Hon. Soroi Eoe. Also present to give his support for the RSD project was Member for Rigo Honourable Ano Pala who pledge to make funding available for this project to become a reality under his district of Rigo in the Central Province. "I thank the Honourable Governor of Central Province in facilitating this great initiative and I as the member for Rigo pledge my support in working with the good Governor's office for vital projects in my district to become a reality" stated honourable Ano Pala. Koiari President Mr. Willie Wavi shared his experience in benefiting from the previous 5 year project with an establishment of a solar power project in the Koiri LLG which is now currently benefiting the people. "I am happy to witness this occasion and have benefited in the previous RSD Project all it takes is commitment and involving the community with an initial sweat equity contribution by the community,” said Mr. Wavi. All local Level ward councils in Central Province present at the occasion pledged their support in participating meaningfully by identifying key community based projects that will benefit their respective wards.
PNG Business News - June 05, 2023
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PNG Business News - June 05, 2023
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PNG Business News - June 05, 2023
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