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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) management has promised a lifeline for Nigerian students studying in various universities in the United Kingdom (UK), whose stipends and fees are still outstanding.

The commission promised that the money would be paid next week as a way of encouraging them to excel in their academic pursuits.

This follows the resolution of issues with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which delayed the remittance of the monies for the past six weeks, even as some of the universities had already got their funds.

The scholars, under the 2018 Foreign Scholarship Programme, were awarded funding to study in disciplines of critical development needs in various UK universities.

In March, Prof Nelson Braimbaifa, the NDDC Acting Managing Director, and Dr Chris Amadi, Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, toured UK for a first hand appraisal of the welfare needs of the scholars. During the tour, the executives met with the management of the universities as well as the scholars.

One of the issues that came up was the late remittance of fees to the universities and the payment of allowances. The executive management promised to address the concerns immediately.

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