The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to pay the allowances, tuition, and other incentives of Students on its scholarship scheme, in the United Kingdom, UK, .
She claimed that the Students have now turned beggars, due to the non-payment of their tuition and allowances by the NDDC.
Some of the affected Students had complained that they had been suspended by their Schools for non-payment of tuition and other fees.
However, Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Tuesday, by Gabriel Odu, of the NiDCOM Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, made reference to a letter written to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, drawing his attention to the plight of the Students, and urging the NDDC to pay them.
The statement reads: “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.”
Recall, that the Acting Managing Director, MD, of the NDDC, Prof. Daniel Pondei, had recently fainted before a Probe Panel of the House of Representatives, investigating the alleged corruption in the Commission.