BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
SOLOMON Islands students of the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji are relieved after confirmation yesterday of allowances being transferred from ANZ Bank in Honiara.
The students have reportedly waited three weeks since arrival, for their allowances. And as of late last week, many have reportedly resorted to borrowing.
“Now that allowances are transferred from ANZ Bank in Honiara to Fiji, it will take three days in process before we receive them,” said USP students to Island Sun.
“Nevertheless despite of the challenges faced, in receiving our allowances this week we hope that such situation would be improved so that it would not affect us too in our studies.
According to Solomon Business Magazine (SBM) Online, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) confirmed that student’s allowances were wired yesterday in which the rest of Solomon Islands Government sponsored students in Fiji should receive their allowances this week.
Permanent Secretary of Finance Harry Kuma speaking exclusively to SBMOnline confirmed that allowances should be transferred from ANZ Honiara to Fiji.
Mid last week, Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) at USP Laucala Campus received an email from Solomon Islands Education Attache in Fiji informing them that funds for their allowances had not yet been received by their Office indicating that it will not be paid on Thursday as expected.
It was suggested for the students to inform their parents or guardians back home to send them funds for sustainment while waiting for allowances.