Ghanaian scholars who are pursuing various courses in Russia with the support of the Government of Ghana are calling on the government to pay them their allowances, which have been outstanding for more than a year.
The scholars say the non-payment of the allowances is negatively affecting their academic performance and making their living conditions difficult.
The National Union of Ghanaian Students in Russia’s President, Derick Yamoah Gyasi, said the non-payment of the allowances is also hindering the scholars from accessing money from their families.
“Students have not received their allowances for over a year. Our problem now is with the secretariat that is in charge of our welfare in Russia. The SWIFT system is not operational in Russia, so bank transfers are impossible. We cannot use MoneyGram, Western Union, or any other direct money transfer systems that were available before. So it is hard to even get money from home for food,” he said.
“The only support we need is the money that is sent to students to supplement their stay here. We have talked to the Embassy several times and our attempts to reach out to the secretariat have been unsuccessful,” he added.