UNITECH students seem very strong indeed in pursuing their goal to bring back the Unitech vice-chancellor.
Vice-chancellor Albert Schram has always been our VC, he has always been recognised by the honest Interim Unitech Council as our VC and he is still on Unitech payroll because he is our VC.
There is no need to go advertising for another VC as the government wants to do. With proper support by other stakeholders the students will defeat the government's deceptive strategy and even PM Peter O’Neill will become so shamed by his stubbornness he will suffer lasting damage to his reputation if he doesn't back down.
Every day the saga goes on with peaceful protest is another day of shame for the PM.
Our two staff associations at Unitech are the National Academic Staff Association (NASA) and National Staff Association (NSA). Both associations sided with the Interim Council in support of Albert Schram returning to campus.
Thus, Schram's return is supported by every representative body at Unitech, including the Council itself and of course the students.
If the PM and the HERST Minister, Delilah Gore, go their own way in defiance of unanimous support by these associations composed of highly educated members, it shows that something very corrupt is going on inside government.
The PM will be the main suspect for that corruption. The PM does not seem to understand that highly educate people are less likely to forget and to be silent when they see something wrong going on in front of them.
None of the reasons given by the PM or the HERST Minister to keep our VC out of the country another minute make any sense. This is the time when the biggest effort will be made by enemies of honesty and decency to split the grand coalition that supports VC Schram's return.
A logical place to start causing problems will be with the staff associations.
Truth is that staff are more worried about pay and families and more likely to put selfish interests first.
The Bible and its ideals too often comes second in their lives. Not so for the students, at least so far. They seem fully dedicated to justice, an idealistic value straight from the Bible that sets our society on a proper moral path only when followed.
Both NSA and NASA are strongly urged to not deviate from the student's goal to bring back Albert Schram. This is the only way that PNG will show the world that we treat innocent human beings in fair manner and provide basic human rights.
Any compromising or adjustments on bringing back Schram will be a sell-out of the students and of the most previous values embodied in our Constitution and in the Holy Bible.
I wish to say openly for NSA and NASA not to be tempted to sell out the students or the Council for selfish reasons.
We are all members of an institution that should be setting a good example before the whole nation that innocent people are not to be punished in any shape or form.
Demanding justice for VC Schram must continue to be a front and centre priority.