Schram Is Back

Scenes of jubilation today, as more than 300 Unitech students packed Nadzab airport to welcome back Vice Chancellor, Dr. Albert Schram.

They carried him to his vehicle, and followed him in a convoy of more than 80 vehicles. He was issued his employment visa after five weeks of student pressure.


As early as 9am, the students began preparing for Dr. Albert Schrams midday return. They assembled every available vehicle, including two dump trucks. All the university busses were called into action.


Managing more than 2000 students is not an easy task. The student Representative Council which has been at the forefront of the boycott, aimed at bringing back Dr. Schram, took full control.


At 11.30am, the first lot of students packed on to the buses, 10 seaters, and of course the dump trucks began arriving at Nadzab Airport. 


The shear number of students at this relatively unprecedented event, prompted airport security, to issues a warning to students to stay off the tarmac. Twenty minutes later on the horizon, the plane arrived. As it taxied along the runway, this was the reaction.


It took several minutes more, Albert Schram and the student leaders, led by President Ediie Nagual, emerged from the plane. After several months away from Unitech, and after a 5 weeks boycott to bring him back, he was welcomed like a long lost family member.


But the celebrations had only just begun, Eddie Nagual, the man who after five week boycott, and Dr. Albert Schram, the reason for the boycott, were hoisted onto the dozens of student shoulders as the jubilation continued.


Schram’s arrival now brings to an end the boycott. As part of the celebrations, more than 80 vehicles loaded with students, travelled through town with their vice chancellor. While there will be more challenges to come in the next few days, today, that was not going to dampen their victory celebrations.

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