Beneficiary claims NDDC lied,abandoned 200 scholarship students abroad

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been accused of refusing to pay the funds for scholarships it awarded to about 200 students to study abroad.
Olukayode Olugbemi, who claims to be one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship, disclosed this in a video he posted on social media on Monday, July 13, accusing the NDDC of abandoning them in the United Kingdom (UK) and other parts of the world.

Recall that the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, had last week told the Senate ad-hoc committee, probing the misappropriation of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC, that a total of N281 billion had so far been released to the commission from 2016 to May this year.

Idris specifically stated that from January to May this year alone, N34 billion was released to the NDDC by the Federal Government.

Appearing before the committee earlier, the acting Executive Director, Projects, IMC of the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had claimed that no single Kobo had been misapplied by the IMC since it came on board.

But Olugbemi, in his video, said he was speaking out “to put a face and a voice behind the tweets that we have been making over the failure of the NDDC to pay the scholarship funds of over 200 students that were abandoned in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.”

He said, “I am a professional, that’s International arbitration skill, University of Abideen, United Kingdom.

“As you would see from this letter that I am showing you, this scholarship was awarded on July 29, 2019, which means in a couple of days the scholarship would have been one year old.

“However, the commission (NDDC) has failed vehemently, to pay our tuition".