Agarobe was speaking during the presentation of four laptops to students from Pacific Adventist University (PAU) and University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) at his office in Konedobu, Port Moresby, on Friday, June 22nd.
He said: “What we are doing is not a free handout, this is part of preparing you and building you up to be special and different.
“When you go to other parts of the world, computers are given out free to students, here you are privileged to get a computer, you’ll be privileged to get a lot more if you are focused in your various discipline of studies.
“We need to groom you and guide you, so you make the right decisions and you need to be focused, I like to think that you are special and you have to think that you are special.”
Governor Agarobe reiterated that these were not free handouts.
“When we tell you to come for part time work here at the Central Provincial Government Administration, we give you an agreement to sign, you come and work so you have to understand that nothing is for free.”
(From left; Israel Daule [Law-UPNG], Samuel Benson [Humanities-PAU], Governor for Central, Robert Agarobe, Geraldine Munatoro [Science Foundation-UPNG] and Lucas Kawage [Nursing-PAU] with their new laptops in the Governor’s Office)