Solomons Government Pays Out UPNG Student Fees

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Students acknowledge ‘firm commitment’ to settling issue

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 6, 2013) – Solomon Islands government-funded students studying at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Waigani campus, Papua New Guinea (PNG) have applauded the government for stepping in to sort out their tuition problem.

The Solomon Islands Students Association’s (SISA) president, Jack To’ofil on behalf of the students commended the Solomon Islands government (SIG) for its response to settle their registration fees.

Speaking on behalf of the students at Waigani and Taurama campus, he said as of Friday last week, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG William Haomae has assured the UPNG vice chancellor that payments have been raised on Friday from Honiara to Port Moresby and will be ready by Monday (today).

"Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG Mr. William Haomae have met and assured the UPNG vice chancellor, that payments have been transferred from Honiara to Port Moresby on Friday and will be available by Monday" (today).

Mr. To’ofil said the sponsored students sincerely commended the government for its continuous commitment in fulfilling its obligation.

"We acknowledged our government for the firm commitment it has taken in settling our fees last week which was the final dateline given by the university."

"A government that invests in its human resource is a far-sighted government because today's investment is tomorrow’s harvest," he added.

The president said following the assurance the students have now settled down for their studies and he acknowledged them for their patience and professional approach.

"I am also wish to thank our students for their patient and professional approach when we faced the issue. Our students are now settling back with their studies and normal programs."

Mr. To’ofilu was the SISA president for the last 3 years, UPNG Waigani campus.

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