President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to pay its scholarship beneficiaries studying abroad.
The abandoned students had on Monday protested at the Nigeria High Commission office in London. They said the NDDC had stopped paying their tuition and upkeep allowances.
But in a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Charles Odili, on Tuesday, he said Buhari had through the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, ordered the payment of the students by the end of the week.
According to the statement, the delay in the remittance of the fees was caused by the death of Ibanga Etang, the then Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, EDFA, of the Commission in May.
“Under the Commission’s finance protocol, only the Executive Director (Finance) and the Executive Director (Projects) can sign for the release of funds from the Commission’s domiciliary accounts with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,” the NDDC said.
“With the death of Chief Etang, the remittance has to await the appointment of a new EDFA. Senator Akpabio, the Honourable Minister, said President Buhari who has been briefed on the protest by students at the Nigerian High Commission in London, has ordered that all stops be pulled to pay the students by the end of this week.
“We expect a new EDFA to be appointed this week. As soon as that is done, they would all be paid.”