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NDDC Team Engages Foreign Scholarship Awardees in UK


NDDC MD, Samuel Ogbuku

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has initiated the monitoring and evaluation of recipients of its Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship program to assess their academic advancement and well-being in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of NDDC, announced this during a meeting with the scholars from NDDC at Coventry University, UK. He emphasized the importance of verifying and evaluating the scholars’ performance and welfare.

This information was disclosed in a press release issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Friday by Pius Ughakpoteni, the Director of Corporate Affairs at NDDC.

Accompanied by key officials including Alabo Iyaye, Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Ifedayo Abegunde, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Dr. George Uzonwanne, Director of Education Health and Social Services, and Mr. Davies Okarevu, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ogbuku urged the scholars to represent the Niger Delta region positively. He assured them that the agency would address their challenges.

“We did not send you here to suffer or to punish you. We sent you here so that your lives will be better and you can add value to society,” Ogbuku stated. He emphasized the agency’s commitment to ensuring the scholars’ comfort and encouraged them to be exemplary ambassadors of Nigeria.

Ogbuku underscored NDDC’s dedication to human capital development and its focus on enhancing investments in the education sector to promote youth employment opportunities.

The NDDC delegation plans to visit five other universities in the UK to establish agreements and partnerships aimed at providing full support, including accommodation and covering tuition and boarding fees, for the scholars.

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The Managing Director stressed that scholarship recipients are expected to return to Nigeria after graduation, as the commission discourages the use of its programs as a means to seek opportunities abroad.

Emphasizing value creation, Ogbuku highlighted NDDC’s commitment to maximizing the benefits of its scholarship program by fostering excellence and local knowledge transfer, ultimately contributing to lasting progress in the Niger Delta region.