by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Legal Training Institute (LTI) in Port Moresby will build its own office and lecture rooms for staff and students at the cost of K90 million.
This follows a government decision to relocate the institute to a different area. Twelve years after the decision was made in 2001, the first phase of the government decision has been completed.
This will see the construction of a new administration building, lecture rooms and bigger parking space.
To mark the first phase, LTI administration presented a cheque of over K500,000 to Melamaju Limited, the company tendered to conduct a feasibility study. The relocation of LTI has been a constant discussion amongst legal practitioners and today marks a step forward for the profession.
The current office LTI operates in was donated to the profession by the Australian government.
The new building will be constructed on land between the National Research Institute and the University of Papua New Guinea’s open campus in Port Moresby.
LTI currently has over 170 students and has been playing a major role in developing Papua New Guinean legal practitioners over the years.