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Scholarships: Buhari directs NDDC to pay Nigerian students overseas

*Delay in payment caused by death of former Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration in May ─Corporate Affairs Director

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to their cries for help and the recent protest by the Nigerian students on scholarships in the United Kingdom (UK) over failure of the Commission to pay their tuition fees, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to offset the fees and stipends of the NDDC scholars currently facing hardships overseas.

Charles Odili, Director of Corporate Affairs at NDDC, disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, August 4.

The decision is regarded as a response to the protest by the students in the United Kingdom, who called on the President to intervene in the matter.

Odili said: “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.”

Having explained the rationale behind the delay in remittance of the fees of the scholars, Director of Corporate Affairs said the Minister has the students’ fees and stipends would be paid by the end of the week.

The delay, according to him, was caused by the sudden death of the then acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration (EDFA), Ibanga Etang, May this year.

“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).

“With the death of Chief Etang, the remittance has to await the appointment of a new EDFA.

“We expect a new EDFA to be appointed this week. As soon as that is done, they would all be paid,” he said in the statement.

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