About 94 beneficiaries of the 2018 set of the Niger Delta Development Commission’s, NDDC, foreign post-graduate scholarship have vowed to shut down the Nigeria High Commission in London.
The overseas students, who accused NDDC of lying on its claims of conducting a verification of students, said their protest would be targeted to lock the Nigeria High Commission from Monday, 2nd November, 2020 to Friday, 6th November, 2020.
The post-grads said NDDC had failed to be responsible to its responsibility to them against the claimed verification exercise.
When The Neighbourhood visited the Nigeria High Commission’s website on Sunday night, it was unable to establish contact with any official or member of staff through the telephone lines listed there. There was no notice of any possible closure of the High Commission due to the threatened protest. As the website published, the High Commission opens from Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
NDDC had last Friday, in a statement claimed that hurdles against the payment of the students’ school fees had been resolved, but The Neighbourhood learnt that the interventionist agency issued that public statement soon after the threat by the students. The Commission’s Ag. Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, was reportedly in the United Kingdom to visit universities where its post-graduate beneficiaries are in pursuit of their studies. The Commission had yet to make public the findings of the Ag. EDP nor does it have any information on the status of its scholarship programme on its website.