BY ALEX DADAMU
GOVERNMENT sponsored students at the Solomon Islands National University have once again expressed frustrations citing what they termed as, ‘false promise’ made by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, McKinnie Dentana.
According to Permanent Secretary, McKinnie Dentana last week, the Ministry of Finance will make one batch of payment to Solomon Islands National University (SINU) government sponsored students last week.
He added further batch payment is this week. However, speaking to Sunday Isles Newspaper today, a representative of the Solomon Islands National University Students Association (SINUSA) office revealed that the majority of the students are yet to receive their allowances despite a public assurance by Permanent Secretary (PS) Dentana early last week.
“Today is Friday and there is still no positive feedback from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) as all invoices were left unapproved by PS of MOFT.
“This office had contacted them through phone, but what we received from subordinates is there is still no approval from PS yet,” the SINUSA office said.
SINUSA as the mandated legal body representing the SINU students called on the government via MOFT to pay students allowances.
“Majority are provincial students. Meaning that they came here to do their studies knowing that the government had secured them spaces and needed resources for their studies before the scholarship agreement.
“When in fact nothing went straight and appear very evil. Our students are not being fairly treated by SIG,” the student representative body said.