Hurdles Cleared For Payment Of Scholarship Claims To Foreign PG Scholars By NDDC


The Oasis Reporters




October 31, 2020

The NDDC Acting Executive Director Projects, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, (right) during a visit to the Coventry University in UK. From left are the Managing Director of Marg Education International Limited, Mr Godson Ideozu; Coventry University Regional Manager Africa, Mr Amit Bhatnagar; NDDC Assistant Director Education, Health and Social Services, Mrs Idara Akpabio; and the university’s Sponsored Student Manager, Laura Munoz Delgado.




Reassurances to the beneficiaries of NDDC Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship programme in the United Kingdom that the remaining scholars will be paid within one week, has been issued by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.





This was contained in a Press release issued by the Corporate Affairs Director of the Commission, Charles Obi Odili in which he said that the NDDC Acting Executive Director Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, was in London on Thursday, September 17, 2020, with relevant officers of the Commission, to carry out physical verification, monitoring and evaluation of legitimate students on the scholarship programme.


“Having concluded the verification exercise, which involved the registration of all scholars and the confirmation of their claims with the various universities, payment of the outstanding fees were to commence immediately.



Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances, including the upheavals that followed the EndSARS protests by youths, constituted stumbling blocks for the speedy implementation of the payment plan.



Before the protests, which slowed down activities, the NDDC Interim Management Committee, IMC, had released $5,910,000 million through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to offset all the verified outstanding foreign scholarship obligations, despite the non-passage of NDDC 2020 budget by the National Assembly.



Obviously, the CBN was not immune to the sad realities bedeviling the nation in the past few weeks. However, the bank has promised to treat the case of the scholarship beneficiaries with utmost dispatch.



We appeal for understanding and patience from the students. We urge them not to allow themselves to be used as tools by those sponsoring devious campaigns to discredit the IMC through protests at the Nigerian Embassy in London.

We reaffirm our commitment to the Post Graduate scholarship Scheme, which is part of our efforts to develop professional manpower to help in the transformation of the Niger Delta region”, concluding the information released to the press.



 

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