Stranded Nigerians overseas voice out over neglect by NDDC

Stranded Nigerians overseas voice out over neglect by NDDC

- Stranded Nigerian students on NDDC scholarship overseas have lifted the lids over their tribulation

- The students, who spoke to ChannelsTV, said their tuition fees have not been paid by NDDC

- The shocking revelation was made days after a social media called the government's attention to the students' plight

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Nigerians studying in the United Kingdom and other countries on the scholarship of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have finally broken silence over their distress.

Speaking with ChannelsTV, four of the students said they are left stranded and being neglected by the Niger Delta commission. recalls that in what came in as a shock, a social media user, Sadiq Cyrus, had called the attention of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), to the ordeal of the Nigerian students.

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In a tweet on Thursday morning, July 16, Sadiq said the Nigerian students, who are in the UK on NDDC scholarship, were being left with no other option than eating expired food.

H also raised an alarm that the students were also forced to work in "Covid-19 hotspots" to survive, demanding that the issue should be looked into by the authorities.

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.

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Stranded Nigerians students in overseas have lifted the lids over their distress. Credit: Channels TV.
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Some of the students have now lifted the lids on their tribulation in their respective countries of learning, saying they are being neglected by the commission.

"We have never been visited by the NCDC and we have never received an email from them not to talk of being visited," one of the students who spoke with Channels TV said.

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"As at today 17th of July, our tuition fees have not been paid and our maintenance fees have not been paid by the commission."

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Meanwhile, reported that as the corruption mess in the NDDC continues to dig deeper, the House of Representatives has summoned the minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akapbio.

Akpabio was slammed with a summon notice on Friday, July 17, by the House of Reps committee on the Niger Delta commission.

Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, the managing director of the commission, was also summoned barely 24 hours he walked out of the probing committee.

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