Lagos - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern at the plight of students from Rivers State who had secured scholarships to study abroad.
The students are in the United Kingdom to study medicine under the auspices of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA).
Nonetheless, it is reported they would be forced back home after the stoppage of payment of their upkeep and accommodation allowances with immediate effect.
PDP Rivers State Chairman, Felix Obuah, said this was a breach of contract and fraud as millions of naira had been voted for the programme.
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The ruling party also wanted both the RSSDA and Governor Rotimi Amaechi to take into cognizance the far reaching implications of forcing these students to return home without clearing their indebtedness to the UK institutions.
This was a criminal case which could make the institutions blacklist the students and deny them the possibility of travelling abroad for further studies or any other business in future.
“Now the students have not completed their programmes neither has Amaechi gotten the trained and qualified personnel to keep his so called super health centres afloat, yet he wants those sent out to acquire these skills to come home without qualifying simply because the state is broke," PDP said
"We are therefore demanding that the move to recall these students back home without completing their programme be stopped forthwith, or all the billions of naira already claimed to have been spent on these aggrieved deceived Rivers scholarship beneficiaries be refunded to Rivers people,” the PDP insisted.
Rivers State authorities could not be reached for comment.
- CAJ News