PM O’Neill says Students petition legal in nature

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has responded to the petition presented by the University of Papua New Guinea Student Representative Council.

In a letter to the UPNG SRC, O’Neill thanked the SRC for the petition presented on Thursday May 19, to him by NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

In the letter, O’Neill advised that the petition contained issues which are technical in legal in nature.

“As such it will require proper due diligence and advice from the State Agencies before any response is delivered to you.

“You will note that some of the issues are in Court therefore legal advice is required so that we are not in breach or contemptuous of Court Orders and proceedings.

“It is therefore not possible for the Government or the Office of the Prime Minister to provide any responses in the manner requested,” O’Neill stated in the letter.

O’Neill assured that appropriate response will be provided as soon as the Government has received satisfactory advice from the State Agencies.

The students are yet to advice on their next course of action.

The Prime Ministers reply which came in a letter  to the UPNG student’s petition was distributed to all media late this afternoon. See copy of the letter below.

Quintina Naime