After several back and forte movements, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it has paid $5,901,000 to about 197 scholarship beneficiaries for 2019.
Also, payment procedures for 94 beneficiaries of 2018 are presently been processed.
The scholarship beneficiaries have recently protested against delays in the payment in the United Kingdom. The development had to some extent ridiculed the country before the international community, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the NDDC to without further delays, effect the payment.
The commission through the Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Charles Odili, said on Monday that among the 197 beneficiaries were 12 PHD – 2016 and 13 PHD – 2019, totaling 43, who got $30,000 each, amounting to $1,290,000.
According to him, 154 MSC beneficiaries of 2019 were paid $30,000 each, amounting to $4, 420,000, bringing the grand total to $5,910,000.
Similarly, the Niger Delta Enterprise Initiative, NDEI, has expressed gratitude to the Expanded Interim Management Committee, EIMC, of the NDDC, for clearing $5.9 m bills for 197 scholarship students, including 12 PHDs, while processing 94 others.
The group’s President, Mr. George Kerley in a statement, said: “At a time when almost no Niger Delta State is engaged in Oversea Scholarship Programs, I commend NDDC for continuing to provide this badly needed investment in human and knowledge capital.”
“Our prayers is that these scholars will add value to the region as the years go by. NDDC should also make effort to see that fees and allowances are paid on a timely basis. A lot could go wrong when scholars are shortchanged in foreign lands.
“We call on Governors of Niger Delta states to re-commence overseas scholarship programs and improve the quality of State owned universities. Kudos again to the Honorable Minister for the Niger Delta and EIMC,’ the group said.
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