The attention of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has been called upon to the plight of Nigerian students under its scholarship scheme, who have turned to beggars in the UK.
The Commision was urged by the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to pay the allowances, tuition and other incentives of the student.
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