The federal government said it has set the wheel on the move by taking the necessary action following a distress call that Nigerian students in the United Kingdom are being forced to eat expired foods.
FG said it has commenced a probe into a claim that Nigerian students on NDDC scholarship are facing a hard time in the UK and being forced to eat expired foods – Abike Dabiri-Erewa said Ministry of Niger Delta has been formally written to institute an investigation – The NIDCOM boss also assured that her commission will follow up the development
A social media user, Sadiq Cyrus, had called the attention of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), to the development.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, July 16, Sadiq said the Nigerian students, who are in the UK on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship, were being left with no other option than eating expired food.
Similarly, he also raised an alarm that the students are also forced to work in “Covid-19 hotspots” to survive, demanding that the issue should be looked into.
Responding to the tweet, the NIDCOM chairman said her commission “has taken this (the issue) up.” She also added that Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta, under whose ministry the NDDC operates, has been formally written. Dabiri-Erewa said Akapbio gave assurance to institute a probe, further adding that NIDCOM will do follow up on the development. NIDCOM has taken this up and written formally to Minister Akpabio to implore Nddc to do the right thing .
We hope that this will be resolved timely as our students in the diaspora cannot be treated in this manner just because they have went outside their own country to look for a better education,These whole issue is because our leaders failed to put necessary steps in place to provide us with good education .