President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to offset fees and stipends of its foreign scholarship beneficiaries.
Not few Nigerian students studying abroad on the scheme have reportedly been suffering owing to abandonment.
NDDC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, said the students, who recently staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in London, would receive their money this week.
He explained that the delay in payment followed the sudden death of the then Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Ibanga Etang, in May.
Besides, he cleared the Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei-led interim management committee of the allegation of demanding between 20 and 30 per cent kickbacks from contractors.
The spokesman stated that there was no fraud at the commission.“We suspect that after the scheming of the past four weeks failed to achieve the purpose of sacking the management and scuttling work on the forensic audit exercise, the schemers are out again to heat up the polity. The point they miss is that the forensic audit exercise is a project of Mr. President. Hounding and haunting an innocent academic who is merely on a national assignment will not scuttle the audit.
“We appeal to those who are putting their personal interests over and above that of the people of the Niger Delta to have a rethink, pull back and allow the commission the space to serve the people of the region,” he added.