NIDCOM APPEALS TO NDDC TO PAY STRANDED STUDENTS ABROAD
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has once again appealed to the Authorities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to pay the allowances, tuitions and other incentives of students on their scholarship scheme in the United Kingdom.
Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa through the head of Media Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission, Gabriel Odu, made the plea in a statement released on Tuesday, July 27.
Dabiri-Erewa urged the NDDC to as a ‘matter of urgency intervene’ by promptly paying up all funds needed by the students to guarantee their stay and continue their education in the United Kingdom.
The statement read “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.”
Quoting Dabiri-Erewa, “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.”
Speaking on the adverse effect of the non-payment of the funds, the NIDCOM Chairman lamented that some of the students have become beggars.
“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.”
Recall, Eons Intelligence, on July 17, reported a video that surfaced online, where one the 2019 NDDC scholarship students accused the Niger Delta Development Commission of abandonment, claiming that even their fees have not been paid.
The NIDCOM chairman appealed to the Niger Delta Ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to intervene in the situation urgently and consider the plight of the students