Wike spends N1.4 bn on students studying abroad in 4 months

About a 100 Rivers State sponsored students studying in the United Kingdom may be deported back to Nigeria after they lost their student visas after the government failed to pay their tuition fees for two years...

Rivers State Governor, Wike Nyesom

About N1.4 billion has been spent on Rivers students studying at foreign universities on government scholarships since Nyesom Wike took over as governor of the state.

Wike revealed this at the St. Paul's (Ang.) Cathedral Church, Diobu, Port Harcourt, where an inter-denominational church service was held to commemorate the 55th National Day Anniversary, Premium Times reports.

Represented by the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Ipalibo Banigo, the governor said his government will ensure that all students are paid.

"We thank the CAN president for expressing his concern about our students and want to assure you that His Excellency has so far spent N 1.4 billion on overseas scholarships and just last Thursday, he released N 491 million to make sure that every child of Rivers State schooling abroad must receive money," he said.

"We would continue to help the children irrespective of how they got there."

Last week, the media was awash with reports that about a 100 Rivers State sponsored students studying in the United Kingdom have had their visas revoked because they owe two years tuition at their various universities and may be deported back to Nigeria.

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