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Students on NDDC foreign scholarship lament neglect



A group of Nigerian students under the Niger Delta Development Commission ( 2015) Foreign postgraduate scheme , have cried out that they have been abandoned by the government.

The students who are schooling in the United States , Canada, Russia, France and several other countries complained that the government has reneged on the promise of paying them the agreed financial support .

The students told The PUNCH that some scholars have rounded up their Master ’ s program without payment from the NDDC , while others have been paid only once for a 3 -year programme .

“ We have been abandoned for a minimum of 12 months (19 for some scholars) , ” a representative of the group, Ejike H. A . Nwafor wrote in an email to our correspondent.

“ The Managing Director of NDDC , Mr. Nsima Ekere and his finance team headed by Mr . Mene Derek has been playing politics with the entire situation. It’ s been one lies or the other. People have had to borrow to sustain themselves hoping our sponsors will act responsibly to no avail .

“ No explanation whatsoever has been given ; when you call the office, you get pre -programmed answers like “ We ’ re on it ”. ”

The students said that instead of settling the 2015 backlogs, the commission is adding more candidates to the program, setting them up for more woes like is currently happening.

“ They have 2016 Scholars and Interviews have just been concluded for 2017 scholars , we do not believe the money hasn ’ t been allotted for this purpose. We want Nigerians to know what we are going through, ” the students added.

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