A MONTH-LONG POWER BLACK-OUT at the University of Papua New Guinea’s Waigani Campus has incited angry residential students to loot the Administration and other buildings.
UPNG students on popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter have reported that tensions are high at Waigani and are demanding the Administration act immediately to fix the situation.
The black-outs started a month ago when an underground electricity service cable became faulty and could not provide electricity to the majority of dormitories in the main campus.
Next week will see examinations go into full gear on campus and students are frustrated at the frequent disruptions to their studies.
Last night many students felt that it was not fair to conduct exams when they were not afforded the proper facilities to study.
At about 7.30pm the temporary generator servicing the dormitories Tuloan, Luavi, Lasitewa, Poroman, Veari and Toa 2 and 3 failed and frustrated students mobilised in the darkness and spilled out on the road and attacked the Gunther Administration Building, breaking glass and blocking off the entrance road.
A meeting was held between security personnel, Police and student leaders during which, among other things, it was agreed that the students return to their rooms and properly address the situation this morning. \
A University security spokesperson was reported to have said that, while the looting of school property was not good, the black-out was causing problems for security operations as well.
A Police spokesperson said that Police were there upon calls from concerned parents but would only enter the campus grounds upon request of university security.
Student leaders condemned the Administration for stalling in rectifying the black-out situation for over a month and called for a swift response of face further action. The Administration could not be reached for comment.