Some of the retired staff members and two other staff who have resigned to vie in next year’s elections-Napu Ratumu (7th from left) and Simon Gesip (in blue). Among the group are CIC industry operations Manager Steve Tumae, General Manager for Research Dr Mark Kenny and Human Resource Manager Jackson Pepeto.
The PNG Coffee Industry Corporation for the first time has retired five of its long serving staff. Among the group of retirees were three other long time staff that are leaving the organization for personal reasons. A small but significant event to farewell all these staff was held at the CIC’s research station in Aiyura on Thursday December 1st, 2016.
They included National Farmer Training and Extension Coordinator Simon Gesip, Farm Manager Napu Ratumu, Simbu Provincial Farmer, Training & Extension Coordinator Mogia Honepe, drivers- Peter Seseko and Waku Keneo and security guards Naba Ena and Banito Uwano.
General Manager for Industry Operations Mr Steven Tumae thanked them all for their services rendered over the years and wished them well in their next chapter of lives.
“You have served the industry with dignity and pride and may God be your guide in your new journeys.”
Human Resource Manager Mr Jackson Pepeto announced that the retirement exercise done this year was the first of its kind to send off staff who have reached their retirement age.
“CIC has never done this exercise before and for the first time this year, we are sending these staff off on a good note to enjoy their benefits with their families.”
Simon Gesip who started his employment with CIC in February 1993 as an extension officer was all emotional when he shared his success stories at the farewell function.
“I thank God for such an opportunity to serve the industry for the last twenty-three years and nine months. I have gained valuable experience.” Gesip is leaving after doing extension work from the tip of PNG, to the last place of Kelabo in Hela, from Maprik to Gulf, taking away with him the hearts of more than 3 million coffee growers.
“I took pride in CIC colours, protected its image from antagonists, and defended against its oppressors without fear or favour, and I will continue to fight for this organization in my next chapter of life.
Gesip spoke with satisfaction that his experiences in the industry have made him to be a leader, a preacher, a teacher, and a coffee extension specialist. He challenged colleagues that CIC was not an organization to work for money but to serve people, those who are voiceless in the coffee business. “You get a high degree of job satisfaction when you serve with total confidence and trust.”
He has contributed significantly to some of the following notable projects which are currently operational: Neknasi extension model (2008), Fairtrade certification program (April 2010), partnership with MG Corporation of Japan (2009), initiated community information centre concept in 2011, which has been a popular replicated model to date among cooperative groups, a core member to the PNG coffee competition (2014-2016) and initiated partnership with Bolaven Farms of Laos in 2015.