- NDDC sponsored students are protesting in the UK
- The students are accusing the commission of not releasing funds for their scholarship
- The protesters also claimed that NDDC is deliberately targeting them
In another bad public relation for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), many students they sponsored abroad for further studies are protesting against them.
Specifically, the students are holding a protest in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London.
Their grouse is over the non-release of funds for their scholarship.
The students who are about 25 said they are yet to receive money for their tuition. This comes as the NDDC recently claimed that it had released over $5.9 million (about N2.28 billion) for the programme.
The students gathered around 9 am in front of the High Commission, with placards, Premium Times reports.
“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.
“This came as a rude shock to us because historically, the NDDC had always paid the fees and upkeep of scholars in the order in which they were incurred, that is, from the earliest to the latest,” the students had alleged in a statement to the news outlet.
Going further, they claimed that their exclusion may have been to punish them for protesting against the delay in the release of funds for the scholarship.
Meanwhile, the NDDC management said that the students were “hirelings masquerading as the commission’s scholars”.
Legit.ng had reported that a coalition of thirty civil society organisations drawn across the Niger Delta region called on the federal government, multinational oil companies and development partners to discontinue any form of funding to the NDDC.
This was disclosed to stakeholders after an emergency review meeting on Tuesday, September 8, convened by the leadership of the group drawn from nine Niger Delta states in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The CSOs under the auspices of Coalition for Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta (COSADNA) said the decision was as a result of what they described as “massive corruption and pervasive culture of looting that is still going on in the NDDC.”
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