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Sir Puka : Education is the master key of life

Minister for Public Service and Abau MP, Sir Puka Temu, has announced that education is the master key to a better life – with a master key you can open any door.

During his keynote address, yesterday, where he officially opened the Peter O’Neill Building at the Enga Teachers’ College, in Wabag District, Enga Province, Sir Puka applauded the free education initiative initially implemented by the Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas in his province.

He said although Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had been officially invited by Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, to open the building named after him, he had suggested that it was only fitting that a senior statesman and senior government minister be given the honour to open this state-of-the-art facility.
The Prime Minister’s name attached to this newly-constructed Enga Teacher’s College administration building is very important because in the history of our young country, the example set by the long-time governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, in prescribing a policy of tuition fee free education in Enga, was adopted by the O’Neill-Dion Government in the last election, when forming this government in Alotau.

“This is an example of the type of leadership our country needs today.
“Leadership must be decisive – and your Governor is no exception in making effective and beneficial decisions for his province.
“I am honoured and humbled to be allowed by the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to be here, in Enga today, to officiate in the opening of this magnificent facility,” Sir Puka said.
He said under the leadership of our Governor and the Prime Minister, education is the number one priority of the current government.

In thanking Sir Puka, Sir Peter Ipatas announced that despite the Prime Minister disagreeing on the building he had insisted that without the O’Neill-led government, he wouldn’t be able to construct such a building.
The Peter O’Neill building facility was constructed at a cast of K10 million, where K5 million came from the Provincial Service Improvement Program (PSIP) and was counter-funded by the National Government with another K5 million.
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