- FG said it has commenced a probe into a claim that Nigerian students on NDDC scholarship are facing a hard time in the UK and being forced to eat expired foods
- Abike Dabiri-Erewa said Ministry of Niger Delta has been formally written to institute an investigation
- The NIDCOM boss also assured that her commission will follow up the development
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The federal government said it has set the wheel on the move by taking the necessary action following a distress call that Nigerian students in the United Kingdom are being forced to eat expired foods.
A social media user, Sadiq Cyrus, had called the attention of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), to the development.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, July 16, Sadiq said the Nigerian students, who are in the UK on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship, were being left with no other option than eating expired food.
Similarly, he also raised an alarm that the students are also forced to work in "Covid-19 hotspots" to survive, demanding that the issue should be looked into.
"Our students on NDDC scholarships in the Uk are eating expired food and forced to work in covid hotspots to survive. Please use your handle and influence to make NDDC do the right thing. Thank you," Sadiq said.
Responding to the tweet, the NIDCOM chairman said her commission "has taken this (the issue) up." She also added that Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta, under whose ministry the NDDC operates, has been formally written.
Dabiri-Erewa said Akapbio gave assurance to institute a probe, further adding that NIDCOM will do follow up on the development.
"NIDCOM has taken this up and written formally to Minister Akpabio to implore Nddc to do the right thing . The Minister gave his assurance two weeks ago. We will continue to follow up," Dabiri-Erewa said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government said it has reached out to the government of Pakistan after a video surfaced online on Monday, July 6, showing a Nigerian man being tortured by suspected drug barons.
It would be recalled that Nigerians woke up to the disturbing video which was shared by Stella Dimoko Korkus, a blogger, on her Instagram page.
Speaking on the disturbing scenes captured in a video, Gabriel Odu, a spokesperson of NIDCOM, said appropriate authorities have been contacted in Pakistan.
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