The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says that Nigerian students in the United Kingdom have turned beggars due to the non-payment of their tuition and other incentives.
She however appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to pay their tuition and allowances of the students who were sent abroad on scholarship by the Commission.
Some of the affected students had complained that they had been suspended by their schools for non-payment of tuition and other fees.
But Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Tuesday by Mr Gabriel Odu of the NiDCOM Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, made reference to a letter written to the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, drawing attention to the plight of the students, and urging the NDDC to pay them.
The statement read, “At the moment, there have been persistent calls by the students for urgent intervention.
“While the deadline for payment of the fees of some of the students has expired or about to expire, non-payment of their allowances has virtually turned many of them to beggars”.
The delay may not be unconnected with the ongoing investigation and probe panel of members of the NDDC Board of the Commission by the National Assembly.