WESTERN Governor Ati Wobiro says he will only pay half of the next year’s school fees for university and college students using the provincial support and improvement programme (PSIP) funds.
Wobiro said he could not pay for all their fees as the approved K5 million from the Ok Tedi development grants could not be accessed as the grants were locked up due to the court case.
He urged the students and parents to make their own payments and their money would be reimbursed when the grants were released.
He said other important development programmes could not be implemented due to the same reason.
In the last two years the Fly River Provincial Government had gone through a lot of challenges, especially court cases, thus restricting developments in the province.
Wobiro said they had a first court case in 2013 but it was thrown out and before the funds were released they were caught up with another court battle in January this year.
He said on Dec 17 (2014) there was a final Supreme Court hearing on this matter questioning whether the group had powers to access the fund.
“The judges will give their decision in the following hearing next year,” he said. “I anticipate that the case will end up in the National Court for final hearing.”
Wobiro urged the people to pray that the funds would be released and be used for school fees and developments programmes in the province.
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