It is not yet clear if the political climate in Rivers State has altered the determination of Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi's determination to help and support Nigerian students schooling abroad.
The insinuation is being made following the mail sent to Legit.ng editorial team by some students of the state schooling abroad, who alleged they are no longer receiving their stipends from the state, a development that has caused them avoidable hardship.
One of the affected students, who gave his name as Preshi Amaewhule, a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Debrecen, revealed that he sent the mail to Legit.ng.
"I am crying, desperate and ragged," he writes in his Facebook message to Naij. "I am a beneficiary of the Rivers state governorship overseas scholarship which is been handled by an agency called RSSDA (Rivers state sustainable development agency).
"The state government sent me to Hungary, just as so many of us were sent to study all over the world in various universities. I am studying at the University of Debrecen.
"To cut this long story short, we have not been paid our stipends for the past seven months, and still counting. All our attempts to get the governor to our aid have proven to be abortive. In fact, with the political crisis in my state, I don't see us getting paid soon because our governor, His Excellency Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, does not look interested in our welfare anymore.
"All I am asking is for you to share this so that we may be able to continue with our studies here and not get deported. I am just one of many students suffering and languishing, with no hope for food, clothing or accommodation fees, plus we have to pay bills tomorrow. Help me and other students pass the information around," he said.
Below is a copy of the appeal the RSSDA sent to the state governor in a bid to draw his attention to the issue, but Amaewhule, said the attempt is yet to yield any positive results.
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