By ERIC PIET
NATIONAL Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru says the Government is committed to helping young people obtain trade skills to develop the country.
He said this yesterday in Port Moresby when presenting K7 million to various Government agencies from his 2018 ministerial commitment, reaffirming the Government’s determination to upskill youths.
Maru gave out cheques to representatives of Port Moresby Technical College (K2mil), Enga Nursing College (K2mil), Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (K1mil), Rubber Board (K1mil) and Tourism Promotion Authority (K1mil).
“The Government is delivering more than any other past Government,” Maru said.
“We are directing our resources to where it matters most – up-skilling people. Young people are the future of the country, who, if given the right type of training, will give back to the development of this nation.”
He said the Government was investing in both established institutions and creating new ones for those who completed grade 12.
“It is a crime that previous governments had not planned to provide skills training, which led to many missing out on active participation through employment in development projects,” Maru said.
“I am proud to announce that funds are now available to establish the Chimbu Polytechnic Institute this year.”
The Government is also funding health training institutions to train health professionals in the country.
Maru said the Wewak Nursing College, would have its first intake this year.
By ERIC PIET