– President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent order to the NDDC has been ignored
– The president had ordered the NDDC to pay all outstanding sums to Nigerian students in its scholarship programmes abroad
– Two weeks after the president’s order, the NDDC is yet to pay the monies
The dream of studying abroad for some Nigerian students in the United Kingdom has turned into a nightmare as scholarship funds from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been embezzled by corrupt politicians overseeing the interventionist agency.
The NDDC is reputed to be one of Nigeria’s most corrupt federal government agency, with politicians in successive governments emptying the treasury of the commission repeatedly while their bosses look away.
More than 200 students who landed a scholarship through the NDDC in 2019 are currently stranded in the UK.
While the students protest every day the Nigerian High Commission in London over their plight, stories of the malfeasance in the NDDC are constantly been dished out by the Nigerian media.
Apart from the UK, the other students are scattered in various universities across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
Andrew Saba, one of the stranded students studying for a master’s degree in public health at the University of Aberdeen spoke to CNN on their plight.
His words: “I don’t know the worth of a Nigerian life to the people in power. I feel betrayed by Nigeria … I can’t understand how a country can abandon her brightest of minds in a foreign land.”
The students’ protests recently caught the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari who, on Tuesday, August 4, ordered the NDDC to immediately pay the outstanding sums owed to the students stranded across the globe.
The NDDC promised to pay the fees by the end of that week. So far, none of the students has received their outstanding payment.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that a group, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), recently called for the suspension of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The group made the demand in a press statement sent to journalists on Monday, August 17, and signed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.
The group also called for the suspension of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, “for gross misconduct, mismanagement, fraud and corruption.”