The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has urged Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to look into the state which Nigerian students under its scholarship scheme, are currently in.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa asked the commission to pay the allowances, tuition and other incentives of the student, adding that the students have turned to beggars in the UK.
Some of the affected students had complained that they had been suspended by their schools for non-payment of tuition and other fees.
But Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Tuesday by Mr Gabriel Odu of the NiDCOM Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, made reference to a letter written to the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, drawing attention to the plight of the students, and urging the NDDC to pay them.
The statement read,
“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 has virtually turned many of them to beggars.”
The Acting DG of the NDDC, Professor Pondei is currently under probe over misappropriation of funds.