Nigerian students, abandoned by government in Russia, set to protest


Some Nigerian students on a sponsored scholarship under a Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) are presently undergoing hardship due to the Nigerian government’s inability to fulfil its commitment to the programme.

As part of the scholarship, the Russian government was to take care of tuition and accommodation while the Nigerian government was to provide stipends that include medical and warm clothing fees.

The $500 stipend has not been paid by the Nigerian government for the past 12 months.

One of the affected students, Ibrahim Mukhtar, told PREMIUM TIMES that, “What’s even more disheartening is the fact that the Russian government always fulfils its part of the bilateral agreement (paying our tuition and accommodation), yet our fatherland forgets about us totally.”

“The inability of the Nigerian government to pay our stipends has left us borrowing and owing. Scholarship students are left with the option of getting money through various illegal means or risk being thrown out of our hostels and subsequently getting deported,” the third year student of Information and Communications Technology added.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the students currently face a huge problem in extending their visa, renewing their health insurances and getting warm clothes in preparation for winter.

The students under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Scholarship Students in Russia have approached the Nigerian Embassy to intervene but all to no avail.

According to Mr. Mukhtar, the embassy instead tried to stop students from protesting over their plight.

However, the students have organized a protest to hold at the Nigerian embassy in Russia, despite a threat by the Embassy to revoke their scholarships if they go ahead with the protest.

Simultaneously, parents and concerned persons will also be protesting at the Federal Ministry of Education and the Central Bank of Nigeria on the same date.

Officials of the Federal Scholarship Board, the parastatal in the Education Ministry responsible for the scholarship, are yet to respond to PREMIUM TIMES inquiry on reasons for the non-payment of the allowances.


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  • partafamilias trippi

    You Mukhtar must have been of the crackers screaming Change change not long ago. Now the change has dawned on you and you wana protest. Go ahead scream your lungs out bcos Bubu has got lots going on inside his ears to even hear you.

  • mara

    Why would they keep sending students if they claim not to have money to pay the ones already here. Parents allowing their children to come on this scholarship scheme should prepare their pockets!

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  • Otile

    Northern students complain a lot. Let them see their scholarships in Russia is special privileges not rights. Russia is magnanimous in offering them tuition and boarding, the least they can do is to appeal to Dangote and Danjuma to kick in and provide clothes and toiletries. Who paid for us in cold North America and frigid Europe? We managed one winter coat for 4 years and beyond. Our goal was to study hard at good professions. With God on our side we did not regret our choices and efforts. Arewa students, hankali hankali.

    • Nenshi James

      You fools just comment rubbish, because one student quoted is hausa, all the students studying in Russia are Hausa? And must everyone go through what you went through? What exactly are you trying to say?

      • Otile

        Not rubbish at all. First of all try your best to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Attacking my person is not going to do you any good in this case.