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British university eases fees for Nigerian students

Nigerians in Diaspora Fee Chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa introduced on Thursday that Teesside College within the UK has launched a extra compassionate cost methodology.

Dabiri-Erewa said this throughout a press convention forward of the celebration of Nationwide Diaspora Day 2024 on July 25 in Abuja.

She famous that college students nonetheless needed to pay their tuition charges, however the brand new preparations had been aimed toward making the method extra manageable.

For the scholars who had been virtually finished with their funds and needed to depart, Dabiri-Erewa said that an settlement has been reached stating that they’ll full their funds and obtain their certificates as soon as all charges are paid.

“Teesside College has give you a extra compassionate manner of paying. The scholars are going to pay their tuition charges. It’s not charity, however they’ve give you methods that may be a bit extra handy.

“Those that had been near finishing their funds and needed to depart agreed that they might pay their tuition charges however wouldn’t obtain their certificates till they accomplished their cost,” she defined.

The NiDCOM boss additionally indicated that Teesside College was not the one establishment affected; many different universities have Nigerian college students going through comparable issues.

“We’re working carefully with the coed organisations within the UK and the Nigerian mission to handle these challenges,” she added.

The NiDCOM boss burdened that financial instability, safety issues and poor residing requirements are the main causes of the growing migration of Nigerians overseas.

She famous that the theme for this yr’s Nationwide Diaspora Day, “Japa Phenomena and its Implications for Nationwide Growth,” mirrored rising issues concerning the demographic group most affected by this migration: Nigeria’s youth.

“Elements comparable to financial instability, safety issues and insufficient residing requirements are extremely cited among the many causes for the exodus of Nigerians overseas.

“The consequence of this phenomenon is the decline in sturdy human assets as most Nigerians who’re migrating are younger folks,” Dabiri-Erewa famous. “This in flip is inflicting a downward spiral in labour and productiveness within the nation.”

Regardless of these challenges, Dabiri-Erewa known as for a distinct perspective and urged Nigerians to see the constructive facet of the scenario.

“We have to flip our lemons into lemonade. At the moment we’re altering the narrative by celebrating these vibrant Nigerians who’re making a constructive affect within the diaspora and making the nation very proud.

Additionally those that, whereas overseas, make a constructive contribution to nationwide improvement,” NiDCOM Boss famous.

The monetary disaster in Nigeria, exacerbated by the swap from a seven-installment cost plan to a three-installment cost plan, left many college students struggling to satisfy their bills.

An area meals charity reported that 75 % of its purchasers at the moment are Nigerian college students, underscoring the dimensions of their monetary issues.

On 22 Might 2024, a bunch of Nigerian college students at Teesside College had been expelled from their programs and ordered to depart the UK after struggling to pay their tuition charges on time.

The scholars cited the devaluation of the naira as a significant impediment to assembly their monetary obligations, which resulted in them being unable to satisfy visa sponsorship necessities.

A number of college students had been locked out of their college accounts, reported to the Dwelling Workplace and ordered to depart the UK. The college maintained that strict exterior rules made these actions essential.

The 60 affected college students expressed their deep sorrow and disappointment, accusing the college of being unsupportive and “heartless”.

They joined forces and requested the college for assist after seeing their fellow college students face critical penalties for late funds.

On Might 29, 2024, the federal authorities intervened to handle deportation orders issued in opposition to a number of Nigerian college students at Teesside College.

A delegation led by a consultant of the Nigerian Embassy within the UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, along with leaders of the Nigerian College students Union within the UK, met the administration of the college to hunt an answer.

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