Several Nigerian students studying in the UK universities under the sponsorship of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said they are still stranded abroad, despite the commission’s claim that it has remitted money for their tuition and stipend.
The NDDC said in August that it has released over $5.9 million (about N2.28 billion) to 197 students who are of the 2019 batch on its scholarship programme.
The commission said it had also begun the processes for the payment of school fees owed 94 scholarship beneficiaries for the 2018 batch.
But some of the students – the 2018 batch – have come out to say that the NDDC deliberately excluded them from the payment.
“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,” the students said in a statement they forwarded on Saturday to PREMIUM TIMES.
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