The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it will soon verify and pay all outstanding fees owed students under its foreign scholarship programme.
Dr Cairo Ojougboh, NDDC Executive Director of Projects stated this in a statement by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs; Charles Odili in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, September 22.
Ojougboh was quoted to had pledged payment at a recent meeting; with representatives of the United Kingdom (UK) based-scholarship students’ in London.
“So, we have decided to verify the scholarship awards of the students because of obvious discrepancies.
“We are also doing this due to the fact that 50 of the students awarded the scholarships in 2019; did not leave Nigeria for their studies to the UK.
“The verification exercise will involve the registration of all scholars on the commission’s new custom-built portal; to confirm the claims with the students’ universities of study,” he said.
The executive director blamed the delay in payment of the students on distraction; caused by the probe of the commission by the National Assembly.
He further said the death of Chief Ibanga Etang, the then NDDC Executive Director of Finance and Administration also played a part in the delayed payment of the students.
“NDDC could not pay the students as it needed to wait for the replacement of Etang; to be able to access funds in its domiciliary account at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“So, after the verification, we will pay all outstanding foreign scholarship claims within the next few weeks,” he assured the students.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the Edo State elections which saw Governor Godwin Obaseki victorious, the Court of Appeal has set up an election petition tribunal for the Edo State governorship election matters.
This was likewise contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, September 22, by the tribunal’s secretary, Sunday Martins.
1st News also gathered that the panel was instituted by the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Menem.
“The general public is hereby put on notice that the Honourable President of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria Hon. Justice M. B Dongban Mensem has established the election petition tribunal secretariat and accordingly constituted a panel in respect of the governorship election conducted in Edo State.
“The Honorable Chief Judge of the StateHon. Justice E. A. Edigin has graciously approved the use of High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City for the tribunal exercise.
“The secretariat is now open,” the statement read.