The National, Wednesday 16th November 2011
By ZACHERY PER
THE Bank of South Pacific has opened a new automatic teller machine (ATM) at the University of Goroka in Eastern Highlands province.
Vice-chancellor of the University of Goroka (UOG) Dr Gairo Onagi launched the new unit at the Mark Solon Auditorium.
University Bursar Joshua Soso was the first customer to withdraw cash from the new machine.
Senior staff of BSP Goroka branch, senior staff of the UOG with students and ancillary staff witnessed the launching.
Dr Onagi said when he approached BSP to set up an ATM at the University, it responded quickly.
He said students and staff wasted a lot of time going to ATMs in town for cash and missing lecture hours.
Dr Onagi thanked BSP for setting up the first ATM on campus, making it convenient for the staff and students.
Soso, who had coordinated with the bank for the installation of the ATM, said the UOG had many students and staff and that the setting up of the ATM had addressed many problems.
“Being a corporate entity, BSP is responsible for providing effective services to the people… this type of service is what they needed,” Soso said.
Student Representative Council (SRC) president Jamie Namorong praised BSP, reiterating that the ATM would save the students precious time.
He said on several occasions, students who went to town to withdraw money from ATMs had been robbed.
“The new ATM on campus is a great relief not only for Papua New Guineans but also for foreign students at UOG,” Namorong said.
BSP Goroka branch manager Reuben Elijah said they would install more ATMs in Goroka.
He said BSP had 220 ATM sites in PNG and would install at least 16 more units in Goroka by the end of the year.
Two new ATMs would be launched at West Goroka New Century supermarket this week and one at the Yanepa provincial government building.
Elijah urged students and staff at UOG to look after the facility, which will operate 24 hours a day.
Mobile phone top ups, fund transfer and other services ere also available from the ATM.