by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, says the ownership of the Games Village will be sorted out after the games. O’Neill says arrangements are in place with the university, and will be finalised when the games end.
Mr O’Neill said these following questions by UPNG’s Students Council representatives earlier this week.
The SRC is concerned as the university has not constructed any accommodation for students, as enrollments increase. They say comments by Sport Minister Justin Tkatchenko have displaced their hopes.
Female President, Juliana Mohe, said the students have been on high notes to move into the new facility after the Games are over. “But the statement by Sport Minister Justin Tkatchenko this week has shattered students hopes”, Ms Mohe said.
UPNG SRC President, Roy Cornelius, said the government must echo same message and not give false hope to the students’ body, UPNG management and stakeholders. “The Sport Minister must explain to us”, Mr Cornelius said.
However, yesterday Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said arrangements with the university are in place. The Prime Minister said after the games, it will be sorted out.
The Games Village is still under construction, it boasts 30 blocks of housing and will accommodate up to 4,000 athletes during the Pacific Games. It is a State–of-the-Art building, built at the cost of K240 million.