By GEEJAY MILLI
EIGHTY-FOUR Legal Training Institute (LTI) students in Port Moresby graduated yesterday.
This was the institute’s highest number of graduates in its history since its establishment in 1973.
Hosted at the PNG Institute of Administration, the graduation was attended by dignitaries including Justice Ambeng Kandakasi representing the office of the Chief Justice, former Maprik MP Sir Pita Lus and NCD Governor Powes Parkop.
The graduates were congratulated and reminded that it was the beginning of their career and for them to achieve more in life.
Acting LTI director Pauline Mogish was particularly happy that despite the many setbacks the institute faced last year, many students still graduated.
“You have shown commitment through it all.
“Congratulations and well done,” she said.
Mrs Mogish urged the graduates to be mindful of the profession’s challenges, reminding them to uphold its integrity and use whatever positions they held for the greater good of society.
She said LTI had implemented a five-year plan to upgrade its facilities with the construction of a three-storey building.
Mr Parkop, a human rights lawyer by profession, told the graduates to always do what was right, be committed to the virtues of the profession and be humble.
Of the special awards, Seth Tanei grabbed the Supreme Court Award which is also the Dux.
Mr Tanei performed exceptionally well by securing the most As in the 23 courses taken in the nine months.
The citizenship award was given to Alice Kimbu, Michael Kuma, Philip Tabuchi and Diane Unagi; the certificate of achievement- awarded to Philip Sukena; Business and Professional Women Club of Port Moresby-Roslyn Anakapu Award went to Lillian Ipu; and the Leadership Award- went to Herbert Wally.