Monday, 10 July 2017

Nigerian Students on Scholarship stranded in the UK.

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A Nigerian student, who is on the Niger Delta Development Commission-funded scholarship in the United Kingdom, has given an insight into the harrowing experience she and other Nigerians are going through in the United Kingdom because of the alleged refusal of the NDDC to remit funds to them.
Maryleen Ndubuaku, an M.Sc. student, studying Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems, at the Coventry University, United Kingdom, narrated her ordeals in an email she sent on, Friday.
Ms. Ndubuaku said in the email that she and several others categorised as NDDC 2015 scholars were yet to receive their complete money from the NDDC for 10 months now.
The NDDC, she said, wasn’t forthcoming with “any convincing reason as to the cause of this neglect”.
In the whole, those affected are said to be 15 masters’ degree students and 40 Ph.D. students. Some of them are schooling in other parts of the world, outside the U.K.
The NDDC international scholarship is worth about $30,000 annually. Those doing Masters’ degree are expected to spend only one year on it, while the Ph.D. is expected to last for three years.
The commission usually pays the tuition fees directly into the accounts of the schools, even though a source within the commission said that there were instances in the past where money meant for the schools were “mysteriously” paid into the account of the students.
There are some Ph.D. students who haven’t received money for both tuition and their upkeep from the NDDC for more than one year now.

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