The National, Tuesday 09th April, 2013
By ABIGAIL APINA
THE University of Natural Resources and Environment conferred certificates and degrees to 188 students in East New Britain last Friday.
Most received degrees and diplomas in tropical agriculture. Twelve graduated with certificates in management, 54 graduated with bachelor in tropical agriculture, 14 with bachelor of fisheries and marine resources, 47 received the diploma in tropical agriculture from Vudal campus and 43 from Popondetta campus and 18 graduated with a diploma in fisheries and marine resources.
University vice-chancellor Professor Philip Siaguru said while the day called for celebrations, it also called for them to search deeper within themselves and link their purposes with that of many different journeys.
“These reflections must be wholesome because as a nation, we have chosen a path that emulates the western systems,” he said.
He said this was focused on capitalism and an open market.
“This is one that will make us a nation, face stiff and challenging opposition, because it means shedding the old and bad habits and attitudes and to embrace the good and better habits that will enable us to maximise our potential,” he said.
He said such potential could only be achieved when all the people worked as a nation and not through regionalism or ethnicity.
“If we want to be agriculture professionals, fisheries and marine scientists or foresters and horticulturalists, then we must be wholesome in our thinking, actions and attitudes,” he said.
Siaguru said strong determined and developing nations were built on professional manpower and right basics.
“These basics mean punctuality, honest attendance at work, smoking and chewing in allocated spots, paying your dues on time, not overloading PMVs especially in Port Moresby, removing luggage trolleys from airports, sitting on the sides of open car trays, knowingly breaking rules – and the list goes on.”
Siaguru said strong nations that were properly regulated made millions through simple but basic behavioral conducts.