The Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka has urged the 3000-plus students of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) to dream without boundaries and become good servants of their island nation.
Hon.Rabuka and his delegation visited the university yesterday afternoon and were received by PNG’s Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology Hon. Don Polye and the school executive management.
While addressing the students, Prime Minister Rabuka acknowledged the warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation, saying that he was honoured to visit one of the most renowned universities in the Pacific.
“As you continue your study to achieve your dreams, please don’t forget to become servants of your people. Those of us on this platform today are serving our people. You will serve your people better because you have not only learned in universities but also from us,” he said.
“Go out there and do better than us. Don’t lose your dreams. Dream your dreams without boundaries.”
In further enhancing the Fiji-PNG bilateral relations, Prime Minister Rabuka revealed that Fiji will soon invite servicemen and women from PNG for secondment to the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF).
“I authorised the Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration to open up and invite the Ministry of Defence of PNG to send servicemen and women on secondment to the RFMF to participate in peacekeeping duties around the world,” he said.
Plans are also in place for more collaboration between the universities in Fiji and UPNG.
In his concluding remarks, Prime Minister Rabuka encouraged the students to continue to strive for excellence.
“You have a great nation and you are greatly led,” he further remarked.
“This nation is full of promises, the people outside of this university are full of hope and when you come out from the halls of this university, you will write your names in the history of this nation.
“You have been trained well to achieve your dreams and be great servants of this great land.
“We in Fiji look to you, we look to your government and leaders for assistance as we march forward together as a region, as neighbours and as Melanesian nations for a long time.
“Protect your country, promote and champion PNG