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Gov’t gets transport money for stranded scholars

Author : Mabior Philip | Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Ministry of Education says it has accessed US dollars for more than 40 students who were studying on government scholarship in Ethiopia to return home.

On Monday, the state officials told Eye Radio that they had the cash and were looking for means to exchange the money into US dollars.

The undersecretary in the national ministry of Education, Michael Lopuke, told Eye Radio that the matter has now been resolved.

“The state government has allocated funds for these students. It has been very long, but the access to getting dollars has not been easy,” Mr Lopuke said.

It’s not clear how much money the government will spend on the air tickets. However, a flight from Addiss Ababa costs about $350.

“We have already resolved that and you should expect these students to be in the country in the afternoon of Wednesday.”

The students have finished their 3-year courses at Awasa University and have been stranded in Addis Ababa for the last two weeks without transport fees.

They went to Ethiopia under the scholarship of the Eastern Equatoria State government.

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