Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has cried out to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to pay the allowances, tuition, and other incentives of students on its scholarship scheme in the United Kingdom.
She stated that most of the students have turned to beggars on the streets of the UK, because they have been abandoned by the commission.
At the recent House of Representatives probe on NDDC, it was alleged that Nigerian Students on NDDC scholarships to some universities in the United Kingdom have in recent times not been funded by the commission thereby leaving them stranded.
Some of the students said they have not received a dime in allowances or school fees from NDDC.
The students further stated that, the commission has not been responding to their emails, where they have been appealing for their fees and allowances to be paid.
In a statement released recently, Dabiri-Erewa had appealed to the NDDC, to as a matter of urgency, release the funds appropriated for the scholarship programme of these students.
She went further to state that, a letter to this effect has been written to the Minister of the Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, with a view to drawing his attention to the plight of these students, and pleading with the NDDC to pay them, as some of the students have resorted to begging on the streets in order to make ends meet.