Guadalcanal provincial government on Tuesday celebrated with the first lot of sponsored students who have successfully graduated at Solomon Islands National University (SINU) last week.
The provincial government hosted the event to acknowledge and recognise them for successfully completing their studies.
More than 10 students were sponsored under the Guadalcanal provincial government scholarship scheme which was introduced in 2014 and started last year.
Most of them are teachers.
Speaking on behalf of the students Rickson Saukoroa highlighted that training of human resource should be a focus and must be a key priority for all responsible bodies including Solomon Islands government and not provincial government itself.
He acknowledged the Guadalcanal provincial government for recognising the gap that the national government left and realised the importance of humans’ resource for future of Guadalcanal and Solomon islands at large.
“Guadalcanal province has set a foot mark that even other provinces should follow, and that is by providing scholarship scheme for their human resource.
“Indeed your support contribute to at least 50% the successes of our studies as another 50% come from our own commitment towards our studies.
“We believe we will go out and serve for Guadalcanal and Solomon islands at large with pride from the achievement we earn.”
Guadalcanal provincial premier Anthony Veke while congratulating the graduands also challenged them to make utilize the skills and knowledge they learn from SINU.
“Lets work together build our province in increasing the number of human resources in the province. This is for the betterment of the province as well as Solomon islands as whole.”
He said the achievement the student gained is a pride for the province to see their first product of G-province from the newly introduced scheme.
Mr Veke explained the scheme is aimed at empowering and increasing the number of human resources of Guadalcanal province and Solomon Islands as a whole.
He assured that Guadalcanal province is seriously and committed to improve Guadalcanal province government sponsorship scheme for its human resource.
It understood that Guadalcanal is first province to establish such scholarship scheme for its students study at tertiary level.
This year the Guadalcanal provincial government have sponsored more than 200 students under the same scheme and expects to see more than hundred students to graduate next year.
By SOLOMON LOFANA