Unitech VC Won’t Return To PNG Without Employment Visa 

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Unitech VC Won’t Return To PNG Without Employment Visa Reappointed Schram: Approved business visa won’t allow him to work

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 1, 2014) – University of Technology Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert Schram said he would only return to the country if granted an employment visa.

He said the business visa directed by Attorney-General and acting Foreign Affairs Minister Kerenga Kua was not good enough.

Schram said he was happy with the outcome of the new university council meeting last Friday in Lae, especially the appointment of Sir Nagora Bogan as chancellor. But he said he would only accept an employment visa.

"I will fly into the country as soon as I have an employment visa, which allows me to enter the country legally. A business visa prohibits employment," he said.

He said he had not yet been officially notified by the Government.

"Nothing yet. I get my news from the media, and my friends and supporters in PNG," Schram said.

"It is an important step forward. I am happy the chancellor has been endorsed by the council. We are all still waiting, and hoping our patience will be rewarded."

However, Minister for Higher Education Delilah Gore said yesterday Schram would be given a single entry business visa from the PNG consulate in Cairns. Upon his arrival, she said he would be granted an employment visa in Port Moresby.

Schram maintained that he did not control the student representative council or dictate to them but respect their independence.

He said he could not be held responsible for the boycotting of classes by students.

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