Naru on Petition for Sackings

By Martha Louis – EMTV News, Lae

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, says the call to terminate Unitech Vice Chancellor, Dr. Albert Schram, and the Lae Metropolitan Police Commander, Anthony Wagambie, will not help solve the current situation the city is facing.

Naru’s comments come after a petition was presented to the Imbongu MP, Francis Awesa, by relatives of a first year student who was killed at Unitech.

Among several points raised, the relatives are demanding the state to remove the Lae Metropolitan Commander and the Unitech Vice Chancellor.

After a turbulent month of student unrest in Lae, it exploded with the killing of a first year student, Graham Romanong, in his room.

Naru today came to the defence of the two men saying the focus should be on looking at ways of how they can be assisted.

“I believe that call is not a reasonable call to make,” he said.

Since the death of Romanong, various parties have attempted to blame the university administration for a lack of security and the police for not taking a tougher stance.

But there is a general consensus, especially in Lae City , that Wagambie has maintained a high level of professionalism amidst the heightened tension.

“These gentlemen have done a marvellous job, his policing and the effectiveness of his management of law and order crisis we have heard in the city is second to none,” Naru said.

Also today, Assistant Police Commissioner for Northern region, Peter Guinness, came to the defence of Wagambie.

“What had happened in the last couple of days in the last month heading to the death, I think Lae police have done extremely well. They’ve done extremely well in terms of maintain order both here in the city and as well as in campus what had happened was an incident that took us by surprised,” he said.

Martha Louis

is a crime and court journalist based at EMTV’s Lae office. She has just joined the television industry after spending two and a half years as a radio journalist. She has a Bachelor in Communication Arts (Journalism) from the Divine Word University in Madang.

Martha Louis

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