The Niger Delta Development Commission beneficiaries in United Kingdom cried out to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid over the non-payment of their tuition fees by NDDC.
The 2018 and 2019 Scholarship beneficiaries of the NDDC, assembled at the Nigerian High Commission, London, for a peaceful protest.
The scholars pleaded to President Buhari to speedily effect the payment, because they are likely to be evicted from their institutions and a risk of being deported. They stated that their institutions had already threatened to stop their scholarship programmes.
Below are excerpts from a letter jointly sent by the scholars to President Muhammadu Buhari:
“Your Excellency, we have continually been harassed by series of letters from our institutions threatening to withdraw their service. Some students have not been very lucky as the responsibility for the payment of their tuition has been transferred to them with strict timelines and conditions.
“Your Excellency, Mr President Sir, it is important to add that while the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) ensures that their scholars’ tuition and upkeep are paid as at when due, NDDC has abandoned its scholars bringing the name of our dear country to great disrepute and dishonour before our schools."
They said for over ten (10) months, scholars have been subjected to all kinds of dehumanising challenges but presently that there is global COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is complicated. They further said Scholars struggled to feed themselves, pay for accommodation and bills as result of coronavirus that hindered some of their part-time jobs.
The scholars also said that their respective schools have sent emails to the management of NDDC and yet there is no response. They called on President Buhari to order the management of NDDC to respond to emails from their school so as not to terminate their admission.