DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga and Fisheries Minister Alfred Ghiro over the weekend met with the government funded students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Alafua Campus in Apia, Samoa.
During the brief meeting the two leaders encouraged the local students to excel for academic excellence.
Mr Maelanga told the students on Sunday to utilize their time at the university.
“Make good use of your time here so that you can become successful in future to help your families and our country,” he said.
The deputy Prime Minister acknowledged that sometimes the Government fail to meet the expectation of students but the Government has always been committed in delivering to students needs as education and empowering human resources in the country is one of NCRAs priorities.
“Sometimes we fail but this is because of some of the shortfalls we always experience when it comes to finance; however, the Government is always committed to deliver to student’s needs,” he said.
Mr Maelanga then briefly updated the students on the current and last Parliament session and the upcoming National General Elections to be held this later this year.
Minister Ghiro also echoed similar sentiments encouraging the students to be good ambassadors.
“We are pleased to hear that students here are well behaved,” he said.
Mr Maelanga and Mr Ghiro also took time to listen to the students issues of concern.
Meanwhile, the students have expressed their thankfulness to the deputy prime minister and the fisheries minister for visiting them.
The students said despite both leaders busy schedules they took time out to meet them.
“We are very thankful and honored that the deputy prime minister and his delegation took time out to meet us and shared with us,” they said.