Captain Kiong thanked the government to recognize Maritime College and come onboard to support with the funding of staff houses, simulator and administration building.
Kiong said for so long the government has neglected Maritime College and this was the first time the government has come to support vital projects in the school.
He said Maritime College was the pride of this Nation and the Pacific and its one of the best college in the world having equipment’s like the Ship Engine set up on the ground to be found only in the Southern Hemisphere.
He added that the college is growing every year with new intake coming in from within the country and around the Pacific and such government support is highly commended and respected.
Kiong said the college is ready to work with the government in the near future and develop the projects initiated today.
Meanwhile Madang Provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi challenged the National government to recognize the importance of Maritime College and provide financial support to help them expend at the same time subsidize the school fees for students entering the college to undergo seafarers training.
Aloi made this comment at the opening of three new staff houses for the college and groundbreaking ceremony of new simulator, administration block and staff house.
He said Madang Provincial Government was aware of the problem faced by the college but cannot provide the support along because the college is a National college that comes under the National Government.
He said the government must recognize the importance and the contribution this college has done and support them especially financially.
He thanked the Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology Francis Marus and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Malakai Tabar for their support and funding towards the school projects.
He stressed that this partnership will grow and Madang Provincial Government will work in partnership with the college and the government to see the projects came to pass and college expend in the near future.