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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Students lobby support through awareness | PNG online news | PNG real time news | PNG Edge

Original: Students lobby support through awareness | PNG online news | PNG real time news | PNG Edge

Sally Pokiton on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 14:04

Student provincial groups at the University of Technology have started travelling to the Highlands region including the Prime Minister's home base of Pangia to carry out awareness in lobbying support.

SRC president Eddie Nagual told PNG Edge late last night (Monday night) the students from Jiwaka, Enga and Western Highlands had left the campus for the awareness tour.

The student self-funded awareness trip will see students travelling to the Highlands region, Momase and Southern regions today and tomorrow while those from the NGI region leave Lae later this week.

Provincial groups and their leaders met last night with leaders to finalise travel arrangements as well as indicate support for the awareness effort.

"For each province, we asked for at least two students to go carry out awareness to our parents and sponsors back home and they will return to campus during the weekend.

"Eighty from Jiwaka, 160 Enga and 80 Western Highlands have left and I am expecting more to leave today and tomorrow," says Nagual.

Meanwhile the SRC president has indicated there is a possibility Unitech will not have its graduation as scheduled for April 6th.

"There is no administration work being done in preparation for the graduation because no staff members are working.

"At this point in time, I can say yes to a graduation and also say no because we want a solution once and for all with this issue.

"There is a high possibility of no graduation taking place until the issue is solved. When the seniors were here, they didn't try addressing it once and for all. It was supposed to have ended last year," he says.

He says the students are using a non-violence approach through awareness to get support from their communities by making the issues known and police on the other hand cannot arrest them because there is no violence.

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