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NDDC: Again, stranded Nigerian students protest in UK



Nigerians students schooling in the United Kingdom under the sponsorship of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Wednesday held fresh protests over the non-release of funds for their scholarship programme.
The protesting students who were about 25 in number, carried placards to express their grievances in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London.
The students form part of the 2018 Batch of the NDDC foreign scholarship programme who are yet to receive money for their tuition, despite the claims by the commission that it has recently released up to N2.28bn to address the issue.
The students lamented that the NDDC deliberately excluded them from its latest payment for the scholarship programme to punish them for protesting against the delay in the release of funds for the scholarship.
“The NDDC selectively handpicked those it paid without any defined criteria and is refusing to pay fees, grants, and upkeep of 2018 scholars for no justifiable reason whatsoever.
“This came as a rude shock to us because historically, the NDDC had always paid the fees and upkeep of scholars in the order in which they were incurred, that is, from the earliest to the latest,” they decried.
As contained in a statement issued by the NDDC spokesperson, Charles Odili, the commission responded that the protesting crowd were “hirelings” to “masquerade” as its scholars.
“In 2018, the Commission paid a total of $900,000.00 only to cover the Commission’s obligations to its scholars.
“In 2019, the amount paid rose to a total of $3.5million only. Recently, the IMC paid out a total of $5.99m to cover all the verified obligations to our scholars.
“Now, there is a demand for an additional payment of $3million, bringing the total to an alarming $9million.
“Some of the important questions everyone must ask are: why is the amount paid to cover our obligations to this foreign scholarship programme rising astronomically? Where are all these demands coming from? What do they cover?,” the NDDC queried.


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