Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, says more than JM $3 million that have been raised to aid students stranded in the Ukraine could be used to fund their potential return to the country to complete school.

Speaking at a media briefing on Saturday, Minister Johnson Smith, said the Government of Jamaica will be footing the bill for accommodation, food, and air travel for the students’ return to Jamaica from Ukraine.

That means the money raised by leaders of both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party, PNP, will not be needed at this time to help with repatriating the students.

However, Minister Johnson Smith says the future use of the funds will depend on consensus from the donors.

On Friday afternoon PNP President, Mark Golding, announced that the party had established a US $10,000 emergency fund to aid students in leaving Ukraine.

This, following Russia’s move to invade their neighbours to the west.

Shortly after the announcement from the PNP, it was revealed that on Thursday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness raised US $11,500 dollars to also aid students seeking to leave the war-torn country.

Minister Johnson Smith says the money from the prime minister has already been turned over to the foreign affairs ministry. She says she expects the money from the PNP to be turned over imminently.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.