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House Seeks Respite for Nigerian Scholars Abroad

The House of Representatives yesterday sought quick intervention  in the  predicament  of Nigerian students in Russia and other countries of the world.

The students are on bilateral agreement scholarship, but are allegedly neglected by the Federal Government who has failed to pay the students  their stipends.

Chairman, House  Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa who stressed the need for the intervention said the federal government cannot shirk its responsibilities and keep these students stranded. She gave this view while receiving  a delegation of Association of Federal Government Doctoral Candidates in Russia.

The delegation, led by Mr. Godwin Ezinkwo was at the parliament  to present a petition on  the condition of Nigerian students in Russia  and to seek its intervention.

In response to the petition, Dabiri-Erewa lamented  that Nigerian students abroad were  being  subjected to begging to survive in foreign lands.

She  assured that her Committee would meet with the Federal Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs with a view to finding a permanent solution to the problem.

“It is shameful that Nigerian students that are sent on scholarship to other countries have resorted to begging. It is really a sad commentary. You don’t deserve this kind of treatment. We should be ashamed that this is happening. How can you be good ambassadors if you’re treated this way?

“We are going to do our work. We’ll meet with the Ministry of Education and the relevant stakeholders and find out what the real situation is. We will get back to you when we finish our findings” she said.

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