NDDC Scholars Protesting in the UK Photo: Channels TV

NDDC’s stranded scholars protest over non-payment of fees in UK

*We are tired of all these fake promises, say students

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)-sponsored Nigerian students sent for overseas for further studies in 2018 are holding a fresh protest in the United Kingdom (UK) over non-release of their promised tuition and allowances two years after being verified twice.

The 94 scholars bore placards with various inscriptions in front of the Nigeria High Commission in London, and official duties at the commission temporarily paralysed.

The aggrieved students told Channels Television that the non-payment of their fees has exposed them to numerous dangers, including the COVID-19 virus as some of them have to work in care homes to raise funds.

Femi, who is one of the scholars, said: “We are here to protest the non-payment of our school fees and allowance for the past two years.

“We have carried out a series of protests at this embassy but unfortunately, there was no positive response from the NDDC.”

According to the young scholar, “they said our payment will be made by October 12th after the verification exercise has been concluded.

“From then till now, our tuition fees and upkeep have not been paid. They keep promising us on a weekly basis. We are tired of all these fake promises.”

The students lamented that due to the nonpayment of their fees, they live from hand to mouth and depend on menial jobs for funding in a foreign land.

They, however, appealed to the Federal Government use the presidential authority to demand that the NDDC pay 2018 NDDC scholarship students as soon as possible.

The scholars disclosed that the protest would continue till next week.

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