SINU students would be paid today – Minister Fugui
MORE than 2,000 Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students, struggling to collect their allowances and other dues under Government scholarships, would be paid today (Thursday June 22, 2017).
This was the message from the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, John Moffat Fugui late yesterday afternoon.
Hon Fugui said instruction had been sent to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury to pay the every student.
“If you don’t receive your allowance by Thursday afternoon, please let me know,” the Minister reportedly told the angry students in front of the Prime Minister’s Office.
The students claimed their payment was blocked by the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini, just before cheque payments were issued on Wednesday last week.
Yesterday Hon Fugui was summoned by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare after the students marched on the Prime Minister’s Office, demanding answers on their payments.
Hon Fugui announced the payments following a short meeting with the Prime Minister.
Up to 2,102 students are owed $19,100 each or a total of $40.12 million. They had to delay their travel because their payments were not ready.