The University of Nairobi (UoN) students are recording the highest number of complaints on the unavailability of funds in their bank accounts two weeks after the announcement by Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) that they had disbursed all pending funds for the first and second semester to government-sponsored and self-sponsored students accounts.
Led by Apiyo J. Apiyoh, a leading aspirant for the post of chair in the newly formed University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA), the students said that the responses they have been getting from the main financier of University Education in Kenya have been a letdown.
“Helb keeps on telling us that the University gave out reporting dates which do not correspond to the actual day when we reported back to the institution. The board insists that they are using the said official dates in conducting disbursements unless they get another communication from the University forfeiting their earlier date”, one of the students who has been to Helb offices three times in a week told Magazine Reel.
In a post in the University’s powerful Facebook group, New Comrades Forum, Apiyo J. told the students that following their enquiries today, they will advance their quest by issuing an ultimatum to Helb which will compel them to release the said funds within 24 hours.
In a SONU like the style of approach, the young lad backed by several students and leaders like Babu Owino have dared to match to the Anniversary Towers which is just opposite the University’s main campus.
In other news, Babu Owino has promised students that he will table a bill in parliament this year which will seek to raise the amount of Helb issued to students to reflect the high standards of living experienced in the country today. The Embakasi East Member of Parliament served as SONU chairperson for four terms and was the President of all university students in Kenya before he went into National politics last year.