After tears and protests by students, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has finally paid $5,901,000 to 197 students on its scholarship scheme.
During the investigative hearing done by the House of Representatives on allegations of financial recklessness in the commission, several students sent abroad by the commission to study, came out to complain that they have been left stranded as the commission has failed to fulfill its promise to pay their tuition fees as well as give them some allowances.
The students staged a protest that got the attention of President Buhari who ordered the payment of the students’ fees.
Director of Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Charles Odili, in an interview with Vanguard, said $5.901m have now been paid to 197 scholarship students. Odili said among the 197 beneficiaries were 12 Ph.D students from 2016 and 13 Ph.D. students from 2019, totaling 43, who got $30,000 each, amounting to $1,290,000.
Odili said 154 MSC beneficiaries of 2019 were paid $30,000 each, amounting to $4, 420,000, bringing the grand total to $5,910,000. He gave the description of 94 beneficiaries of 2018 still awaiting payment as 40 PHD and 54 MSC.