24 medical Students from Bayelsa State who are currently in Russia on scholarship from the State government yesterday, held a protest in Kurst, Rusia, cried out over non payment of their scholarship allowance in the last 14 months by the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board.
During the protest, the students said for over 1-year, they have not received their allowances for books, medicals and even for winter clothing and coats for the 20 degree Kurst winter.
They also said several letters written by them to the State Scholarship board, the Ministry of Education, Bayelsa State House Of Assembly, even to the Governor of Bayelsa State have yielded no result. They alleged they were threatened by the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board, Hon. Foster Ogola, that they would be sent home of they continue to protest or complain
One of the students Amadanyo Adebapreye who spoke with Sahara reporters said
“For a very long time now we have been going through really difficult financial situations and mentally challenging conditions due to non-payment of our tuition fees and 14 months without stipends. We have also tried to reach our state through the embassy of Nigeria in Moscow twice, first in February 2014, and just recently, July 14, 2014.” he said.