Professor Pal Ahluwalia

Vanuatu willing to take in Ahluwalia

This was the word from Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman.

He publicly declared that the USP Emalus Campus in Vanuatu was ready to host Prof Ahluwalia after his forceful removal from Fiji earlier this month.

Mr Loughman said Vanuatu as one of the 12-member countries was willing to give a work permit and prepare to host Prof Ahluwalia.

He called on other USP member countries who were not pleased with the shenanigans to voice their opinions to the council. Mr Loughman also called on the Fijian Government to work with the USP Council and management.

Fiji Speaker disallows debate on Ahluwalia deportation

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau ruled that an Oral Question from NFP leader Biman Prasad and an Adjournment Motion from Sodelpa leader Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu were not of urgent natures.

The deportation of the regional body's vice-chancellor has led to widespread regional criticism of Fiji's government and urgent calls for action.

However, speaker Ratu Epeli said Mr Prasad's question did not relate to a matter of public importance and did not qualify as urgent.

Further, the Adjournment Motion was disallowed under standing orders.

Pacific Churches and regional NGOs condemn removal of USP Vice Chancellor

 Immigration and police officers detained and later deported the head of the University of the South Pacific late on Wednesday on allegations that he had breached public safety.

 The Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance in a statement said the heavy handed decision by the Fiji Government to deport the University of the South Pacific (USP) Vice-Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia and his partner Sandra Price ahead of a USP Council meeting is a sign of growing crisis of regionalism.