Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources and Member for Gazelle District, Jelta Wong has condemned the recent riot that took place at the University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE), Vudal Campus in East New Britain Province and the damage caused.
Minister Wong said it is indeed unfortunate when situations escalate to violence, especially in educational institutions.
“It is important to address grievances and issues internally before they reach boiling point.”
Having a formal process of reporting accusations and conducting investigations can certainly help resolve conflicts and prevent such incidents.
This process would allow for a thorough examination of the concerns raised and ensure that appropriate actions are taken.
He said there are much better and peaceful means of solving grievances as educated elites than resorting to violence, which does not help anyone at all.
“I also acknowledge the efforts of the police in responding promptly and quelling the issue.”
“Their presence and assistance helped restore calm and maintain a safe environment”.
He further expressed that it is disheartening to see the negative impact on parents who work hard to pay for their children’s education, therefore is crucial for students to understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by their parents.
“It is through education and proper channels of communication that we can work towards resolving issues and creating a harmonious learning environment.”
Meanwhile the provincial administration and provincial government are currently working together to resolve the issue.