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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

O’Neill urged to lift ban | The National

Original O’Neill urged to lift ban | The National

THE University of Technology Student Representative Council has petitioned the government to lift the ban to process the employment visa, work permit and passport of ousted vice-chancellor Dr Albert Schram.

The student body demanded Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to intervene and guarantee Schram’s safety by granting him the right of safe passage from overseas to the Unitech campus in Lae.

These demands are in a 48-hour ultimatum starting today.

They were formalised after the SRC headed by new president Eddie Nagual hosted a full council meeting yesterday and resolved to petition the government to honour the recommendations of the Sevua Report.

The students, with backing from staff, fear that despite the clearance of Schram by the investigation headed by retired judge Mark Sevua through their report to the national executive council in March 2013, Schram will be blocked from re-entering the country by political influence and individuals against him.

“Taking into consideration the fact that upon Schram’s failure to resume duties as the legitimate vice-chancellor before March 31, 2014, the council will move to terminate Schram’s employment contract as per their decisions, we collectively demand the PNG government through the office of the Prime Minister and the NEC to adhere to our demands,” Nagual said.

“Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan, by powers granted to him under the 1985 PNG University of Technology Act, and all members of the university council unanimously resolved to allow Schram to resume duties on campus as soon as possible, which was conveyed to him on Jan 13, 2014,” Nagual said.

The SRC argued that despite the council’s decision conveyed to appropriate immigration authorities to process his employment visa and other necessary requirements, there was still no evidence of progressive developments to date.

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