The National, Friday 23rd March 2012
PARLIAMENT yesterday passed the Lutheran University of PNG Act and commended the church for its continuous support for human development in the country.
The bill brought by the Chairman of the Lutheran members of Parliament and member for Tewai-Siassi Vincent Michaels got the support of 62 members.
Michaels said about 10 years ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG decided to establish a university, owned and managed by itself. This was endorsed by the church.
He said in 2006, the parliament enacted the Lutheran University of PNG Act 2006. But in 2007 the ELCPNG resolved not to support the Act because of serious issues relating to ownership, control and management of the university, church properties and assets.
However, he said the ELCPNG then resolved in its 2008 synod to adopt a new legislation to replace the Lutheran University Act 2006 and reaffirmed its decision to repeal the Lutheran University Act and replace it with the current bill.
He said the present bill had been developed over four years and proved that the Lutheran University was private and church-owned, opera­ting similar to the Divine Word University.