Parents of the Rivers State Students on Scholarship abroad who the State government had allegedly abandoned overseas for non-remittance of fees to their various institutions have asked the Public Complaint Commission to prevail on the Rivers State Government to end the suffering of their children overseas.
Parents of the RSSDA students at a courtesy visit to the PCC Office at the Federal Secretariat in Port Harcourt urged the PCC to intervene on their behalf in pleading with the State Governor Nyesom Wike to extend the Olive Branch to them by also paying the outstanding fees of their children just as the State is in reconciliation mood with political parties.
The spokesman for the parents of the RSSDA students, GIFT AMADI lamented the hardship their children had encountered abroad due to nonpayment of the outstanding fees and allowances.
AMADI said some of the students have been sent out of school for more than two years while those who managed to finish have not been issued their certificates due to nonpayment of fees. He said “Hon. Commissioner, our children are suffering. The medical students cannot do their clinicals. The ones that managed to return home cannot do NYSC because their schools didn’t give them certificates. Others have lost their student status and are now at the mercy of the authorities. Please, help us and plead with the Governor to pay the school fees and outstanding allowances. We are all pensioners and God is our only hope”.
In his response, the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, MARSHALL ISRAEL disclosed efforts made so far by the commission but insisted that negotiations and plea was a better option to draw the attention of the government.
He added, “You were here last year, precisely September. We have written to the schools through their embassies to allow your children complete their studies and pay the fees later. They accepted in writing but demanded a letter of commitment from the Rivers State Government. We have also written to the Rivers State Governor with relevant documents attached. We are yet to receive a response from the government. You can see that we are not resting and we will not rest until this issue is resolved. After the second term swearing-in of the Governor, we will increase our efforts and possibly book for an audience with him”.
“I want to urge you to continue to be loyal and law abiding. Do not confront the system. Dialogue and negotiation remains the best option for us. I understand your pain and frustration yet you must continue to be patient. I can assure you that by the grace of God, you will come out of this labyrinth victoriously”. ISRAEL however pleaded with Governor NYESOM WIKE to help intervene in the conditions of the students abroad which he said would be for the interest of the State and country at large.
He continued “I want to also call on the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Barr. E.N Wike to come to the aid of the Rivers State Students abroad. I have seen the pictures and videos of their situation. They are truly stranded, especially the ones in Caribbean Countries. They are our brothers and sisters and if they finish and return, it will also benefit the State”.