The National Monday, December 13, 2010
By ANCILLA WRAKUALE
THE 15th graduation ceremony for PNG Institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA) was a rare one as it was a double graduation ceremony for both last year and this year.
Last year’s graduation did not take place due to management and administration reasons.
A total of 426 students graduated with certificates, diplomas and merits in various public service sectors such as human resource development, accounting, community development and thers. In his keynote address, Public Service Minister Moses Maladina urged the graduates to return to their respective duty and contribute effectively as the occasion represented a milestone in their career.
“Go back to your respective duty and contribute diligently and meaningfully to the development of this country.”
Maladina said with the upcoming LNG project and other resource-based activities around the country, there would be an influx of people thus creating demand for efficient and reliable public service for the public.
As result, there was a need to increase capability to cater for the demand, he said.
Maladina said there had been constant criticism against public service such as lack of commitment in duty where the work culture and ethics had been undermined.
Meanwhile, PNGIPA deputy chairman governing council Prout Borari challenged the graduating students to put into practice what they acquired through their training.
“You are now well thought to go back and implement it in rural areas.
“It is not what you gained, but what you implement that will give you pleasure,” Borari said.
He also acknowledged the council members who made the graduation possible as they did not have one last year.