PNG Trade Union Congress president Ugwalubu Mowana has called on the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Malakai Tabar to stop using threats and intimidation on the University of PNG students who are boycotting classes
Mowana was referring to Tabar’s statements last Friday in the two daily newspapers.
Mowana is also urging Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to address the students’ petition in the Melanesian way of resolving issues and reach a consensus.
Mowana said heavy-handed tactics on students would only fuel confrontation.
Mowana said the congress members would support university students in expressing their rights.
He said they were children who would face problems in future if things were not corrected today.
“The importance of UPNG students missing two weeks of classes would be nothing compared to the suffering inherited 20 years later by the same generation,” Mowana said.
Mowana challenged the leaders not to go to the media and issue intimidating statements.