UOG in need of immediate funds

The University of Goroka (UOG) is in need of immediate funds to carry out management work for the institution.

The University needs K8.5m to cover for students’ meals, transportation cost for teaching practice and for maintenance of facilities that were damaged during the conflict in June.

As per the National Executive Council decision, the total recovery cost for all universities is about K63 million. 

In the breakup, the PNG University of Technology will be given K40m, University of PNG K12m, Office of Higher Education K3m and UOG K8.

So far, UPNG has received K1m and Unitech will be presented K1m on Wednesday.

UOG Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb is appealing to the Government to give at least some of the money to carry out immediate management work as the students are already on campus.

Sukwianomb said, “We have taken the lead and demonstrated that we can move forward and the Government must now come good in order for us to complete the academic year.

“We have the ability to manage the funds and we want to make sure that the programs of studies are obtained and continue,” he said.

Sukwianomb thanked the senate and staff of UOG for taking the leadership, sacrifice and commitment to building the institution. 

He added that they are thankful that the Higher Education Minister Francis Marus, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the cabinet are all aware of their financial needs and hence the proposed Supplementary Budget might take care of some of those requirements.

Quintina Naime