SOUTHERN Highlands students now have a promising future with the coming PNG LNG project and the new Hela province, Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape told graduands at Tari Secondary School in Southern Highlands province last Thursday.
He urged students to work hard and grab the opportunity to work in the PNG project and the new provincial administration for the Hela province.
He said the LNG project was expected to transform PNG completely with the country’s annual GDP expected to double to almost K16 billion.
“Unlike past graduates, the young men and women who are graduating today are graduating at a time of excitement for Hela province and PNG.
“You have every reason to study hard, pass your exams and be part of these changes and developments,” he said.
Mr Potape said Komo and Tari would have separate international airports, and Tari would become a city while Komo, Margarima and Koroba would be linked to Tari by super highways.
Mr Potape, a former student of the school, donated a new 15-seater bus as the school’s 37th Grade 10 and ninth Grade 12 “graduation present”.
Catholic Education secretary Joe Sui said it was the first time an MP donated a vehicle to the school since it was set up in 1954.
A total of 111 Grade 12 and 170 Grade 10 students braved the heavy afternoon downpour to receive their certificates.
The school decided to have the graduation before the national examinations this week to avoid student disciplinary problems associated with end of school celebrations.