While the, Morobe Provincial Government continues to roll out funds from its church partnership program, a brief presented to the Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru earlier this month, showed funding for the Lutheran University has stopped since 2010.
At a conference in Fincshaffen earlier this week, Church Program Chairman, Charlie Foike said more money would be put into church programs. But a building constructed at the Martin Luther Seminary outside Malahang, hasn’t received funding since 2010.
It’s part of the new Lutheran University that will take in students all over the country to study courses in health and education. It needs at least two million kina annual funding from the Morobe Provincial Government.
Speaking at a Lutheran Conference, Charlie Foike the Provincial Church Partnership Program Chairman says, money isn’t an issue and the government will continue to work with churches.
“The government is here to subsidize,” he says. But, while the Morobe Provincial Government, continues to pump more money into church programs within the Province, the new Lutheran University project has been starving for money, and is near completion.
It’s also understood that a tussle for the ownership of the new University has risen.
Lutheran Strongman and Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru says the Evangelical Lutheran Church should have majority ownership in the University. And the Morobe Provincial Government must also have a slice as the people’s representative.
An agreement hasn’t been reached between the two groups. But, the Morobe Provincial Government has been generous to church programs.
Early this year, the Governor handed out cash from the church partnership program to help the stranded Morobeans attending a synod in Karkar. The Provincial Government has also built a Christian church partnership building to house the program.
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