May 30, 2024

NDDC to appraise foreign scholarship beneficiaries in the UK.

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Adebayo Obajemu

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has begun the monitoring, and evaluation, M&E, of beneficiaries of its Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship programme in the United Kingdom to appraise the academic progress and welfare of the scholars.

Speaking at a meeting with the NDDC scholars at Coventry University in the UK, the NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, stressed the need to verify and assess the performance and well-being of the students.

The NDDC team, led by Dr. Ogbuku included the Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Alabo Boma Iyaye; the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; the director, Education Health and Social Services, Dr. George, Uzonwanne, as well as the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Davies Okarevu.

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer charged the students to ensure that they were good ambassadors of the Niger Delta region, pledging that the Commission would do its best to address their challenges.

He stated: “We did not send you here to suffer or to punish you. We sent you here so that your lives will be better and you can add value to the society. We felt it is necessary to come and see you and also attend to your challenges. We are committed to making sure that you all are comfortable, but what you as scholars owe us is to ensure that you are good ambassadors.”

He said further: “Nigerian students abroad are among the brightest students all over the world and we are looking forward to seeing that one of the scholars from the NDDC scholarship scheme becomes the best graduating student in this school.”

Ogbuku stated that the NDDC was very serious with its human capital development programmes, noting that it was pursuing improved investments in the educational sector as part of plans to ensure that the youths were gainfully employed.

He noted that the NDDC delegation would visit five other universities in the UK to secure agreements and partnerships that would take the Commission’s scholars and give them full access, including accommodation till their tuition and boarding fees were paid.

The NDDC boss emphasised that the scholarship beneficiaries must all come back to Nigeria after graduation because the Commission would not encourage a situation where it was used as a springboard by those looking for greener pastures outside Nigeria.

Ogbuku observed that the NDDC’s emphasis on value creation was a demonstration of its dedication to maximising the return on investment in its scholarship programme.

“By fostering excellence and local knowledge transfer, the NDDC is ensuring that the skills and expertise gained by scholarship recipients will fuel lasting progress for the entire Niger Delta region,” he added.

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