NDDC Scholarship: Buhari Orders Immediate Payment As Students Protest In London - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NDDC Scholarship: Buhari Orders Immediate Payment As Students Protest In London

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the payment of fees and stipends of stranded scholarship students of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) studying abroad.
It was reported that Nigerian students studying abroad under the Niger Delta Development Commission scholarship had on Monday August 3, held a protest to demand their two-year allowance. 

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The young citizens picketed the Nigerian High Commission, London, United Kingdom demanding their take-off fee and tuition as they risk termination of their academic programmes by the foreign institutions due to the non-release of funds by the NDDC. 

However, in a statement signed by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, the President conveyed the directive to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to release the funds, following the protest of the students. 

Odili said the students would be paid by the end of the week explaining that the delay was caused by the sudden death of Chief Ibanga Etang, the then Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, EDFA, of the Commission in May. 
“Under the Commission’s finance protocol, only the Executive Director (Finance) and the Executive Director (Projects) can sign for the release of funds from the Commission’s domiciliary accounts with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. 

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“With the death of Chief Etang, the remittance has to await the appointment of a new EDFA. Senator Akpabio, the Honourable Minister, said President Buhari who has been briefed on the protest by students at the Nigerian High Commission in London, has ordered that all stops be pulled to pay the students by the end of this week. We expect a new EDFA to be appointed this week. As soon as that is done, they would all be paid.”

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