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Student Group Tells Of Transparency, Accountability

Student Group Tells Of Transparency, Accountability
Eggo Soriano Chairperson of the USPSA Council
August 31
11:17 2018

In light of recent allegations and counter allegations coming out of the Fiji National University regarding its students association, another university’s student association has come out to disclose their books.

The University of the South Pacific has a student association that is a federation of 14 student associations that operate at all 14 USP campuses around the region.

Chairperson for USPSA Eggo Soriano explained to Fiji Sun the steps they took to put student welfare as priority. He does not have a vehicle provided to him bought from USPSA funds. He is a law student at the Vanuatu campus and is from Samoa.

The USPSA has a federal council, which comprises of members and presidents from the 14 student associations. All the representatives are elected by students at the respective campuses.

“In the council we have 20 members and they are elected from their elective branches,” Mr Soriano said.

“Every year, every student association branch is supposed to do up an annual budget and annual budget is approved by the student association.

“Capital expenditure for things like printing machines or computers as required for the use of the office has to be provided for in every annual budget.

“That annual budget is also then sent to the University of the South Pacific (USP) federal office to ensure that in the budget 80 per cent of the expenditure goes direct benefit to the students and only 20 per cent is used for administration and office expenses.

He also said they had annual general meetings twice and each time they were supposed to be submitting reports.

“Each branch is required to submit a monthly report throughout the year and Annual Financial report,” he said.

“At every AGM we come together to talk about issues affecting students at all the representative branches then we compile a report to the University of the South Pacific (USP), Senior Management team or to the University as a whole.

“Every student of USP is a member of SA and they pay $33.50 to the SA and from that 33.50 dollars, 28.50 dollars goes to the local student association branch which is done every semester.”

He said all students have access to the reports and they were introducing links on their website for students to access not just the audit and financial reports, but also outcomes of the council meetings to keep students updated.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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