University of Goroka in strife over appointments

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology in 2016 saw student unrests, damage to properties and a student being killed over corruption allegations and the appointment of the vice chancellor.

The National Newspaper has reported today that Dr Teng Waninga has moved into an office space at the University of Goroka yesterday despite advice from university officials that his gazettal notice signed by Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology was improper.

Under the University of Goroka Act, the vice-chancellor is appointed by the university council.

Waninga however demanded that he be allocated an office in the administration building.

The Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika last Friday ordered Minister Wesley Raminai not to interfere with the administration of the university.

The court heard from an application by the university council that the minister had appointed an interim university council and acting vice chancellor.

In Raminai’s appointments, Dr Waninga is the acting Vice Chancellor to replace Professor Musawe Sinebare.

He also appointed former MVIL chief executive officer Joe Wemin as the head of the university council.

Last Friday Waninga and his supporters carried the gazettal notice went into the university campus and conducted a forum before entering the administration building.

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Sir Gibbs has ordered the current administration to continue perform their duties and responsibilities to ensure university academic programme continue to function until the matter returns to court on Thursday (29 April) with both parties to be heard.

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology in 2016 saw student unrests, damage to properties and a student being killed over corruption allegations and the appointment of the vice chancellor.

 


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