By BONNY BONSELLA
MEET ex-soldier Francis Okuk, whose neat dressing code is a carryover from the colonial period and continues to each intrigue and earn him admiration from far and vast.
Yesterday, the Simbu man from Wandi village in Kundiwa district, was noticed in his apparel of shorts, knee excessive socks and glossy gown sneakers on the Nationwide Housing Company (NHC) relocated workplace at ATS Highway, 8 Mile, whereas on routine enterprise there.
The 64-year-old Okuk is from the old fashioned and was disciplined and groomed by the colonial Australian military when he enlisted in December 1974. Later the next 12 months earlier than to independence, Okuk enlisted for officer cadet coaching on the Igam Joint Workers Faculty in Lae, Morobe.
He was in good firm within the class of 1/75 with former Brigadier Basic Jerry Singirok and Commodore Peter IIau who have been among the many intakes of the cadet coaching in 1975. Such is the self-discipline and coaching instilled in him, Okuk has not misplaced the model of dressing even after exiting the power some 30 years in the past.
“I nonetheless preserve this dressing. It was our delight again then however now I additionally wish to educate the youthful era to decorate like this,” Okuk stated.
Strolling shorts and knee excessive socks are acquainted sights within the 70s and 80s with the early public servants together with academics.
Many Papua New Guineas now holding key positions within the personal and the general public sector and parliamentarians grew up with that tradition of dressing and would relate to this trend as a obligatory gown code of that period.