Vanuatu students repatriated from PNG following political unrest

A building burns at UPNG's Port Moresby campus after it was set on fire by arsonists last month during the country-wide student unrest in PNG. Photo: supplied

A building burns at UPNG’s Port Moresby campus after being set on fire by arsonists last month during the student unrest at PNG’s universities. Photo: supplied

21 ni-Vanuatu students are being repatriated from PNG to Vanuatu, Daily Post reports. This follows the campus disturbances and police action against students. The ni-Vanuatu are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Twelve are returning from UPNG and nine from Lae Unitech. Twenty-five at Goroka will, however, be continuing with their studies.

The MSG Leaders’ Meeting is supposed to take place in Honiara next week, following two previous postponements. The Pacific Islands Development Forum Meeting will also be taking place there next week. The United Liberation Movement of West Papua delegates have already arrived in the Solomons. FLNKS leaders from New Caledonia were reported by Radio Vanuatu News today to have been ignored by Vanuatu Foreign Affairs and MSG officials on their arrival at Bauerfield airport and had to find their own way to their accommodation. They are now being looked after appropriately.

Daily Post today carries a detailed report from MP Johnny Koanapo, Chairman of the Cyclone Pam Recovery Committee, on projects completed and still underway. All projects should be completed by August 2017 at the latest, he says, with the exception of the ADB Efate road re-construction and World Bank Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project. Health facility reconstruction along with classroom rebuilding is detailed and the particular inputs of the Australian and New Zealand Governments noted. There has also been a great need to provide new curriculum materials. The bad news is that there has not always been the support needed from the administration’s leaders in ministries and departments. The Committee is not accepting unnecessary delays says Chairman Koanapo. PM Charlot Salwai is being advised continually with updates and delays will be dealt with by the ministers concerned.

International Cooperatives Day will be celebrated in the capital on Thursday and Friday with sales of garden produce, seafood and livestock from cooperatives in all provinces. Radio Vanuatu says the Cooperatives Department is asking Port Vila residents to support the produce sales. There will also be announcements of new developments in the Federation/Manples area.