The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has commenced the verification, monitoring, and evaluation of beneficiaries of its Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship program in the United Kingdom.
NDDC’s Acting Executive Director Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojoughoh made this known while speaking at a meeting with representatives of Coventry University while assuring that the Commission would pay all outstanding fees and claims once the verification exercise was concluded.
Ojougboh stressed that the visit to Coventry University was important so as to verify the number of scholars, examine their performance, and check on their wellbeing, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He expressed satisfaction with the way the university had treated the NDDC scholars and their swift response in providing a list of the Commission’s scholarship beneficiaries at the institution for the verification process.
The NDDC Director advised that in order to track progress in the future, there should be a more comprehensive reporting structure.
Ojuogboh explained that the commission needed to verify the scholarship awardees because of discrepancies in the number of students and the fact that some of those awarded the scholarships in 2019 did not leave Nigeria for studies in the UK.
On his part, Coventry University’s Regional Manager for Africa, Amit Bhatnagar, confirmed that many NDDC scholars had passed through the institution over the years and that a good number of them were still with them.