Nigerian students under the payroll of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the United Kingdom yesterday held fresh protests over the non-release of funds for their scholarship.

The students numbering 94 displayed placards with various inscriptions as they gathered in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London, lamenting the non-payment of their fees, which they said has exposed them to numerous dangers including COVID-19, as some of them have to work in care homes to raise funds.

We are here to protest the non-payment of our school fees and allowances for the past two years. We have carried out a series of protests at this embassy but unfortunately, there was no positive response from the NDDC.

“They said our payment will be made by October 12 after a verification exercise has been concluded. From then till now, our tuition fees and upkeep have not been paid. They keep promising us on a weekly basis. We are tired of these fake promises,” one of the scholars said.

This is not the first time that NDDC-sponsored students are complaining about non-payment of tuition fees by the commission. In September, 94 beneficiaries of its postgraduate scheme had complained that their transcripts were seized by their respective institutions due to non-payment of their tuition.