Students from Anambra State who are currently studying in Russia under the federal government and Russia bilateral education agreement, BEA, have called on Governor Willie Obiano to come to their rescue.
The students under the aegis of the Association of Anambra State Students in Russia and led by a doctorate student, Godwin Ezinkwo, lamented the refusal of the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Education, to release their monthly allowance which is in its eight month.
“We wish to reach out to you sir, to come to the aid of sons and daughters of the state who were sent on the bilateral scholarship programme to Russia by the federal ministry of education through the federal scholarship board and have been abandoned to starve for close to eight months.
“A scholarship scheme which was awarded to students with exceptional academic prowess has become a kind of torture scheme for those who joyfully accepted the bilateral scholarship to study in a country like Russia. The level of starvation here predisposes us to all manner of vices and attendant danger.
“Every year students have to starve for at least six months before their stipends are paid. Those who are supposed to be treated as scholars are left to beg and engage in dehumanising engagements just to survive in a place where it is illegal for foreign students to take up any form of employment. At the moment, some of our students have finished and may likely face deportation if they do not leave the country upon expiration of their visas,” the students lamented.
The students’ body decried the continued failure of the federal government to resolve the issues that led to this fatal delay despite the interventions of former Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, the seventh House of Representatives Committees on the Diaspora and Education including the Nigerian media.
“This recurring annual embarrassment is yet to be tackled by those responsible for the administration of the scholarship scheme, anchoring on the excuses that the budget is usually released and signed late by the government. In fact, the elections and late budget are usedas excuses.
“Though we are studying in order to make our contribution to the development of the state and the country, we are aware of your commendable stewardship in the state. We read and see them online and we pray to God to continue to guide you in your resolve to deliver on your campaign promises. We are citizens of your state; your children in a foreign land with no relations to cry to for ordinary food. We, therefore, cry to you to come to our rescue before the situation gets worse. We have a duty to be good ambassadors of the state and so should not be associated with irresponsibility. Kindly help us,” the students pleaded.


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