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February 25, 2021
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Morobe Students Raise Funds to Return Home

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A week after the termination of 2016 academic year, students at the University of Papua New Guinea have already vacated the campus.

Those who are not Port Moresby residents have started leaving for home, but some are still waiting for airline tickets to leave for their respective provinces.

EMTV caught up with the Morobe students today, who are raising funds for daily expenses while they wait for the Morobe administration to pay for travel arrangements.

Since the police shootout in June the Morobe students along with the rest of the Momase students have been using the Jubilee Institute as a safe haven.

This morning all the Madang students residing left, with the support from their provincial government. For the two Sepik students and Morobe, they still await confirmation of their travel plans from their respective governments.

Morobe students who are on government scholarships and those who can afford a plane ticket home have left.

But over 180 of them are still here, 30 of them women who have been living at the Jubilee campus since the death of the Unitech student in Lae, as a safety measure.

Jacklyn Max, the female Vice President of the UPNG Morobe Students Union said they have been looking out for each other with whatever resource they received from their families and others, but it’s getting harder to live in Port Moresby.

Roger Maikei, a Morobe student leader, said the Morobe Provincial Government has pledged to pay for their way home, but the everyday expenses of living in the nation’s capital are fast depleting the little resources they have.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, said today that the provincial government planned for a worst case scenario such as this, and are hoping to have all the students back home by next week at the latest.

Meanwhile, the fundraising they began today will continue during the week at Ela Beach.

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