Enga Governor welcomes new nursing intakes

Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas has expressed his gratitude on the interest shown by students throughout the country in enrolling at the recently established Enga College of Nursing.

Sir Peter told students and staff at the Sopas campus near Wabag town that he was happy to see a total of more than 180 students from last and this year coming from all over the country while many critics still  thought the province was a bad place for outsiders to go and live.

According to administration staff of the college, a big number of students came from Central, Milne Bay, New Ireland, Bougainville, Manus, East New Britain, Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Mendi, West Sepik and National Capital District.

Sir Peter, who is PNG’s most progressive Governor, said those students that  chose to come to his province were lucky as his government would do anything it could to provide the best learning facilities towards producing highly qualified health workers.

"Enga is always a peaceful province in the country. The over publicised tribal fight is a confined issue for two warring tribes. Therefore, you will enjoy your study here as we are committed  to be at the back to give you the best;" he said.

The College also has a partnership development program with the Australian Government under which 20 students are being sponsored annually.

Sir Peter said his government had so far invested a total of K9 million in the project while the Australian Government and Enga Provincial Government were expected to spend  more than K5 million in constructing a student’s mess and two dormitories starting this year.

This is beside the sponsorship arrangement, he said.

The first batch of 20 students will graduate this year since the college's re-establishment three years ago.


Philip Kepson