Anger as NDDC abandons students on foreign scholarship
Some beneficiaries of the Niger Delta Development Commission’s post graduate foreign scholarship programme have accused the agency of abandoning them while studying abroad. The beneficiaries alleged that the commission had refused to pay their tuition, adding that the grants awarded to them when embarking on their various programmes abroad were also not paid. According to them, the NDDC is making living and studying abroad difficult for them adding that the agency awarded them scholarship, only to neglect them when they got to their respective countries of study. When contacted, the Directorate of Education, NDDC, said the names and amount awarded for the tuition and the grant to the affected scholars had been sent to the Managing Director of the commission, Joy Nunieh, who had yet to act on them. An official of the directorate said, “A lot of changes has been going on at the commission but we have done everything that needs to be done; we have prepared everything that needs to be prepared as regards the scholars and their payment; it is left for the MD to act on it. At the directorate level, we have sent the names and the amount for their tuition to the MD. So, it is not in our hands anymore. It is now left for the MD to handle whatever it is that has been handed over to her. There is a shift in authority so everyone is trying to acclimatize to the fact that we have a new MD, and she, in turn needs to sit down and know what is going on and keep abreast of what is happening.