NiDCOM boss appeals to NDDC to pay stranded Nigerian students in UK

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Abuja- The Chair and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has appealed to the authorities the (NDDC) to, as a matter urgency, intervene by promptly paying the allowances, tuition and incentives students on scholarships in the United Kingdom in order to guarantee their stay and continue their abroad.

She made the appeal Tuesday in a statement issued by Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public and Protocol Unit, NiDCOM.

The Interim Committee (IMC) of the (NDDC) had been under probe recently with the Senate ordering it to refund the N4.923 alleged illegal payments made to the staff of the commission and contractors in breach of the procurement process.

Recall the Executive on Project in NDDC, Cairo Ojougboh, had recently said in a television interview the paid into his account was for a trip to see the commission’s graduating students overseas.

Dabiri-Erewa in the statement made reference to a letter written to the Minister of the Niger , dated June 18, 2020, NIDC/001/20/1 drawing attention to the plight of the students and urging the NDDC who are directly responsible for the Students’ scholarships to pay.

Dabiri-Erewa added the Commission counts on the Minister’s assurances all outstanding payments to affected Students will be made.

‘At the moment there have been persistent calls by the Students for urgent intervention.

‘While the deadline for of the fees of some of the students has expired or about to expire, non- of their allowances have turned many of them to virtually become beggars.

‘The NiDCOM Chairman once again appealed to the Niger Ministry and the , NDDC, to intervene urgently and promptly too,’ the statement added.

Sun News