Nigerian students on the scholarship scheme of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the United Kingdom hit the streets on Wednesday to protest the non-payment of their tuition fees.
The beneficiaries gathered on the Nigerian High Commission in London to express displeasure over “negligence of their welfare”, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta affairs to come to their rescue.
The scholars, who sat on the floor during the protest, lamented that they have been stranded since the NDDC stopped paying their tuition and allowances one year after they were awarded the scholarship. They also lamented that they have been begging for food while they risk being deported.
This protest is coming on the heels of the directive by President Buhari to the minister to ensure that those students are paid. The directive which the commission said it has carried out, noting that some of the students have been paid.