Jayapura, 3/3 (Jubi) – Students at the University of Science and Technology (USTJ) Jayapura urged Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe to immediately establish an independent investigation team to solve the problems of their campus.
The Student Forum of the University of Science and Technology made the call during a protest in front of the governor’s office on Monday (3/3) in Jayapura .
“We urge the governor to come to USTJ and see for himself the process of moral and character assassination against Papuan students who are the capitalists’ victims in our campus,” coordinator of the forum, John Mandibo, said in a speech.
The students also read out a statement asking the governor and the Associaition of Private Universities Region XIV Papua and West Papua and the ombudsman to send a letter to Yayasan Bhineka Tunggal Ika to ask the rector to be present on the campus during working hours.
The rector is rarely in his office and lives in Jakarta instead.
They also urged the governor establish a team to look into how the governor’s grant of 5 billion rupiah to USTJ in 2013 has been used.
“During the time the students have been threatened to be expelled from the university when voicing their aspirations. Therefore we ask the governor and the ombudsman to guarantee it will not happen because we have the right to say our opinion,” said Mandibo.
The students also requested to the university to reduce tuition fees, which have been raised significantly despite a lack of adequate facilities and a shortage of lecturers.
Meanwhile, the head of the Development and Political Affairs Department at the Papua Province administration, Jerry Yan Murafer said the governor is paying serious attention to the development of Papuan human resources.
He said Governor Enembe will follow up on the students’ request and will determine the time. (Jubi/Alex/rom)