Loop PNG clarified this following rumours online about the resignation of Mellam, and his registrar, Jennifer Popat.
Director of UPNG's media unit, James Robins, has however confirmed that Popat is no longer the registrar, due to the completion of her contract term.
“The change has nothing to do with the current issues faced by the university,” states Robins.
As of March 31, 2017, Mrs Nakanat Kote started acting in the position.
Kote, from Manus Province, was the director of UPNG’s human resources management division.