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Thursday, 22 October 2015

UK sends 19 Rivers State Students back to Nigeria,Rivers Govt fails in their responsibilty

The UK government sends about nineteen Rivers State students back to Nigeria as a result of the refusal of the Rivers State government to pay their tuition fees. Rivers State govt under
the former governor Rotimi Amaechi sent hundreds of Rivers State students abroad to study in Europe and America but the situation of the students worsened some months to the election campaigns which led to the abandonment of these students as a result these students were not paid their allowances for ten months as well as their tuition fees for two academic years. All efforts by the Universities where these students are studying to get the Rivers State government to pay the tuition fees to enable the students continue their studies met brick walls as the State government gave reasons why they can not pay the tuition fees, despite threats by the universities to sent the students back to Nigeria the Rivers State government did little or nothing to avert the danger. The Universities have finally effected their threats and about nineteen students are on their way back to Nigeria while some have arrived Nigeria already.
The political crisis in Rivers State has not engulfed any politician yet but the citizens of the State, they are the casualties of the political crisis. It is very clear that the State government has no regards for the future of the students they awarded scholarship since 2011 some of whom have abandoned other things they could have been doing because of the State government's promise of sending them abroad for studies. Our government should sit up to their responsibilities and stop playing politics with the lives of its citizens, the State just have to stop propaganda and realise that governance is just about the people and not the selfish interest of our politicians.
The State government in a bid to launder their already soiled image released a statement that personally provoked me, I have always known that our government lacks vision and I will be watching carefully to see if the people in charge of our government would know why they are in power. See the statement from the State government that lacks common sense and also being a bit unlike a responsible government:


October 22,2015

Dateline: RSSDA, Port Harcourt:

The Rivers State Government recently released some funds to pay tuition fees and upkeep and accommodation allowances for some of our students and their universities.

However, for the UK in particular, the deadline for the payment for some schools elapsed 
before the fees could get to them. As a result, the registration of 19 students for 2015/16 in 
the universities of Huddersfield (11), Brighton (3) and Nottingham Trent (5) have been 
deferred to 2016.

Sadly, the 19 students who have now left the United Kingdom to avoid infringing their 
immigration status and be deported are expected to arrive in Nigeria today Thursday 22nd 
October 2015.

We have confirmed from the universities that the students have the opportunity to return 
to school next year.

We shall update you on any further development on the issue.''

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