Pennsylvania, United States, has threatened to deport 21 scholarship
students in three weeks owing to the failure of their sponsor, Nigeria’s
Bayelsa State, to pay up their school fees, which now totals nearly one
Appealing to the government to intervene urgently to save their
career prospects, two of the students, who are all in their final
undergraduate semester at the institution, told a NAN correspondent by
telephone that following the payment for their first session, payments
became irregular until Bayelsa’s indebtedness of $970,000.
One of the students, Akpos Akins, explained that the university would
not even honor individual payments by the students or their parents as
the institution maintains that that would violate the agreement it
signed with the Bayelsa State Government.
He said their parents’ association had been working hard to get the state government to clear the outstanding fees to no avail.
The students, who acknowledged the good intentions of the foreign
education scholarships by the government, led by Governor Seriake
Dickson, pleaded for the immediate release of funds for the payment.
They said that the management of Lincoln University had been very
good to them despite the failure of the government to meet up with
payment for some time now.
Drawing attention to the three-week deadline given to them before the
school’s management takes action, the students pointed out that without
their transcripts, they cannot proceed with Industrial Training or to
“The management is then obligated to report us for deportation seeing
we have no further business in the country,” they said. “Our time and
efforts would have been wasted if that happened. We want to be seen as
worthy ambassadors of Bayelsa State. We are going through psychological
trauma now, we cannot even focus on our studies.”
The students described the non-payment of their tuition as an
unnecessary distraction, noting that they were not even particular about
their irregular allowances at this point.
“We want to appeal to our countryman governor to save our future,”
they said. “The students are very grateful for this gesture to go study
abroad. Apart from giving us hope, we are coming back to contribute our
quota to the development of our dear Bayelsa State.”
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