Wednesday, 19 October 2016

12 MONTHS WITHOUT PAY - Nigerian Students Protest Unpaid Allowances In Russia [PHOTOS]

Updated 20 October, 2016
Nigerian students in Russia have claimed that they have been abandoned by the government which is doing nothing for them at the moment 

The students say they have not received their monthly stipends in around a year even though the government promised to pay 

The Nigerian government does not pay for the student’s tuition and accommodation which are taken care of by Russian government 

They were supposed to get monthly stipend of $500 from the federal government for their personal upkeep but have not seen the funds in a year

Hundreds of Nigerian students in Russia have protested against poor treatment by the federal government. 

The protest was led by Faith Tosin, President of the Association of Nigerian Scholarship Students in Russia, with the students carrying placards.

Premium Times reports that the students, who are in the Eurasian country under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) scholarship held the protest at the Nigerian embassy in Moscow to complain about the failure of the Buhari-led administration to pay their monthly stipends for around a year.

The students claimed that they have been abandoned by the government which is doing nothing for them at the moment. 

According to the provisions of the BEA, the Russian government pays the students’ tuition and accommodation while the federal government pays them $500 monthly for their feeding, medical and other needs. 

A simultaneous protest was held in Abuja by parents of the students on Monday, October 17 and Premium Times quoted Chinyelu Ikeliani, mother of one of the students in Moscow studying Medicine, as saying he has not received his stipend for a year. 

“I am really sad about the whole situation, because the government knows that the students cannot work with the visa given to them,” she said.

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