Parents of final year students of tertiary institutions abroad can now have a sigh of relief. The students who were sent overseas to study under the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, special scholarship by the Amaechi’s administration, we’re abandoned by both the RSSDA and the Amaechi’s government.
All entreaties by the stranded students and their parents to RSSDA and Amaechi fell on deaf ears as the students stood the risk of being disallowed to sit for their final exams.
However, respite came when the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, ordered the immediate payment of the sum of N512million to offset the debts owed by the final year students to enable them sit for their final exams and eventually graduate
The governor had earlier on, paid the sum of N 200 million as part of the money owed by the students which brings the total sum paid by the Wike’s administration to N712million.
The gesture by the governor has elicited reactions from many who praised him for being sensitive to the plight of the students and their parents.
Respondents described the act as not just securing the future of the students, but that of the state as well as since they are the future leaders.
Signed :Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah JP
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media And Publicity
July 28, 2015