Representing the PNG National Government was Minister for Sorts, tourism and culture Justin Tkatchenko, the Governor of NCD Powes Parkop and on behalf of the Prime Minister at occasion was the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Malakhai Tabar.
Before officially handing over the key to the UPNG administration, Minister Tkatchenko challenged the students and the administration to take good care of the complex facility as it one of the world class facilities in the Pacific.
“I have seen pictures of dormitories here in the University that’s an absolute disgrace, we can’t allow for the rest of the facilities here to go like the rest of the dormitories here in this University. Students must take care and ownership of these facilities,” Minister Tkatchenko said.
Stating that, the students must be proud that the PNG Government is providing them with some of the best magnificent accommodation in the pacific.
He also left a big challenged to the administration that the government will be working together with the chancellor in maintaining the legacy of the facility that every year when the students return for their academic year the facilities must remain the same.
In response to the minister for sports and the PNG government, the UPNG SRC President representing the students and the University Vice Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam, thank Governor Parkop for his continual supporting for the Institution as a governor and assured the PNG government to take good care of the facilities.
“There will be no provisions for appeal if students misbehave in this hall of residents, whoever disobeys and brings in alcohol, betelnut or misbehaves will be kicked out without an appeal,” Prof. Mellam highlighted.
Adding that with also other tough bylaws to be put in place, we can assure you that we will take good care of the facilities.