Nigerian govt suspends NDDC scholarship programme

NDDC students protesting in front of the British High Commission to Nigeria
NDDC students protesting in front of the British High Commission to Nigeria

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, has ordered the immediate suspension of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC’s scholarship programme.

The NDDC won’t offer any new scholarship until the commission clears the backlog of payment meant for the old beneficiaries, the Ministry of Niger Delta said Wednesday on Twitter.

There have been protests from several post-graduate Nigerian students abroad who said that the NDDC refused to fund its scholarship scheme, thereby forcing them to go through shameful hardship on foreign lands.

Those affected are said to be 15 students doing their Master’s degree and 40 Ph.D. students.

Some of the Ph.D. students have not received money meant for their tuition and upkeep for more than one year now.

The NDDC international scholarship is worth about $30,000 annually. Those doing Masters’ degree are expected to spend only one year on it, while the Ph.D. is expected to last for three years.

PREMIUM TIMES in July published a touching story of Maryleen Ndubuaku, one of the beneficiaries of the NDDC scholarship, who couldn’t concentrate on her M.Sc. programme on Embedded Microelectronics and Wireless Systems, at the Coventry University, UK, because she didn’t have money to feed herself.

Ms. Ndubuaku, from a middle-income family in Imo State, said she resorted to borrowing money countless times since she couldn’t do a part-time job because of the demands of her study.

“As I write to you, my exams are commencing next week but I cannot help but think about how to pay my rent for the month of May; because it is she who has shelter and food that thinks of writing exams,” she said to Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of NDDC, in one of her letters of appeal.

Ms. Ndubuaku till now hasn’t received payment from the NDDC.

Some of the Ph.D. students a few days ago protested at the Nigeria High Commission in London.


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  • Adamson

    You haven’t been paid since over 6 months ago, so what? Go do some work in them COOP. If others with more rigorous coursework could do it, so could you too. I am sure you are NOT intellectually lazy.

    Scholarship is fine but should not make you indolent.

    • princegab

      Where are the jobs? She needs permit to work, for your info. The high commission should be able to provide minimum requirements pending on when nndc will answer the students.

      • Mufu Ola

        Do all foreigners especially Africans working abroad have work permit? Of course not.They can be more creative than just sitting down waiting for ” manna from heaven”.

        • Otile

          God forgive sin. When you are studying medicine or hardcore science when do you have time to work and still pass exams? You guys are not real.

        • princegab

          They are students sir. Please read the article

  • Someone

    we all want scholarships. the problem i have with this is the amount they give will cover more than 20 students at our local universities. and our universities are in bad shape. no effort is being made to improve the quality of our local universities.

    the best solution is to just provide scholarships locally. simple. otherwise everyone will complain of being sectionalism.

    bad decisions stranded these students. they sent them overseas and left them there, and the govt can not fund them.

    what a waste.

    • Otile

      There are many courses in Medicine, Science & Technology that no university can teach well in Nigeria at the present time. Some University labs in US and EU are better equipped than most well known factories churning out $billions for their stakeholders. Nigeria needs to have capable people trained in those institutions, and Nigeria needs to deploy such graduates where they can help the country most and forget about quota system for while. The present administration is poison to mordern technology.