25 Oct 2016 19:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 25 OCT (NAMPA) Nearly 100 students of the Oshakati Regional Health Training Centre marched from the Oshakati State Hospital to the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) office in Ongwediva on Tuesday, demanding payment of their loans.
The institution is registered under the Ministry of Health and Social Services and also has campuses in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Otjiwarongo, Onandjokwe and Rundu.
The students claim that they have not received their financial assistance since their registration at the institution. Some are currently in their final year and said they need the money to buy prescribed books needed to study for their final examinations.
A petition read by student representative Hironimus Kandongo said payments from the NSFAF are always delayed and are sometimes not even paid.
We have been told to be patient since last year, but when we realised that nothing has been done yet we started to enquire from their offices personally since June this year. However we were told to wait, Kandongo said.
The students, some of whom stay at the Oshakati hospitals nursing home, said they are at risk of being evicted if they do not settle their accommodation fees.
If our debt has not been settled by the time we come back in January, they will no longer provide us with accommodation. Some of us are from other regions and hardly know anyone in this region, he said.
They threatened to involve the Anti-Corruption Commission if the NSFAF management does not give them money from their loans taken with the Fund by the end of this month.
Receiving the petition was NSFAF representative in the Oshana Region, Warde Warde, who could not say why the funds have not been paid yet.
I only learned that the students have not received their payments last week and I have been contacting the operating manager in the award office at headquarters, but I have not yet received any concrete responses, Warde said.
He urged the students to be patient and said their payments will be done in due course.