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FG Finally Pays Allowances Of Nigerian Scholarship Students In Russia

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The Federal Government of Nigeria, yesterday August 21st begun paying the eight months allowances of Nigerian Students on scholarship in Russia.

It was reported three days before then that the 322 Nigerian students on Bilateral Educational Agreement scholarship hadn't been paid for about eight months. It was reported that the students, as a result of this were forced to do begging, and doing illegal and menial jobs which put them at risk of being deported from Russia.

The students are said to have begun receiving alerts in their bank accounts.

A second year Metallurgical Engineering student at the Volgograd State Technical University, Moyosore Ojuri in a telephone interview with Punch Newspaper, acknowledged receipt of 4,450 Dollars in her account and those of her friends.

According to her, the money included 4,000 dollars for her stipends from January to August; 200 dollars for annual medicals and health insurance; and 250 dollars to cover her annual protective clothing.

"Before now, the Federal Government owed us from January to August. But now they have paid us everything. I can pay my accumulated debts and I am sure that I won't be sent packing from the hostel over unpaid accommodation fees". She said.

She also said she hoped that the Federal Government would begin paying them their allowances as at when due to save them from undue hardship.

Akinola Akindamola, a post-graduate student of Mechanical Engineering, Volgograd State Technical University, who is also the President Committee of Association of Nigerian Scholarship thanked the Federal Government for the prompt response in the payment of the allowances, and hoped that by today, Friday August 22nd, all of them concerned would have received their allowances.

Akinola stated that he and other student leaders were going round to ensure all of them, especially the new students, received their allowances.

"The payment of the money is in process and I am confident that by the end of today, we would all have been paid. The least problem we want now is to be financially handicapped. We appreciate the Federal Government for their prompt response", he said.

When contacted, the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Mr. Olu Lipede confirmed that the Federal Government had paid the students all their allowances.

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