Stop being ignorant: Opposition tells gov’t

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is questioning the Government why they have yet to repatriate our students studying in Papua New Guinea.

In a statement today the Opposition Group says whilst Government are saying they will repatriate our students, nothing has been done since.

“What are you waiting for? The situation in PNG universities particularly UPNG, UNITECH and UOG is getting worse yet the Government particularly the High Commission Office in Port Moresby is ignorant. Maybe the Government wants something bad to happen to our students before they act. Please bring the students home now. Their safety is important,” it said.

The Opposition Group made this call following latest incidents that occurred in UPNG and UNITECH where clashes have continued, protests still ongoing, university properties torched and unconfirmed reports of student casualties as of last night.

The Opposition Group says the Government must not remain ignorant but listen to the ongoing calls by the Opposition and parents to bring our students home.

“Whilst we acknowledge the Government to agree to bring the students home, we would like to see the repatriation exercise undertaken immediately,” it said.

The Opposition also raised its concern that despite the urgency and advice to bring our students home, the High Commission office in Port Moresby have advised students to wait and monitor the situation assuring students that classes would resume.

“Please do not turn a blind eye on the situation, just bring our students home now,” it said.

The Opposition then called on the Government to explain as to when the repatriation exercise will take place and why it has taken this long for it to happen amidst the hostile situation in PNG.

Source: Office of the Leader of Opposition