Dabiri-Erewa calls for NDDC’s prompt intervention to help the stranded students
Nigerian students studying in the United Kingdom on the scholarship of the embattled Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC are facing immense hardship due to the non-payment of their tuition and allowances by the commission.
This has prompted the intervention of the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is appealing to the Authorities of the NDDC to come to the aid of the students.
Dabiri-Erewa asked the NDDC to “as a matter of urgency intervene by promptly paying the allowances, tuition and other incentives of students on their scholarship scheme, to guarantee their stay and continue their education in the United Kingdom”.
A statement issued in Abuja by Mr Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, NIDCOM, made reference to a letter written to the Hon Minister of the Niger Delta Sen. Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, NIDC/001/20/1 drawing attention to the plight of the students, and urging the NDDC who are directly responsible for the Students’ scholarships to pay.
She added that the NiDCOM counts on the Minister’s assurances that all outstanding payments to affected Students will be made
“At the moment there have been persistent calls by the Students for urgent intervention. While the deadline for payment of the fees of some of the students has expired or about to expire, non-payment of their allowances have turned many of them to virtually become beggars,” the statement said.