Director of Corporate Affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission, Charles Odili on Monday, August 31 disclosed to newsmen that the commission paid $5,901,000 to one hundred and ninety-seven (197) scholarship beneficiaries of 2019.
According to the commission, it has also commenced payment procedures for 94 beneficiaries of 2018.
Odili while given further details to the Vanguard inquiry on Monday (today) said among the 197 beneficiaries were 12 PhD – 2016 and 13 PHD – 2019, making a total of 43 who got $30,000 each, amounting to $1,290,000.
The director revealed further that 154 MSC beneficiaries of 2019 were paid $30,000 each, totalling $4, 420,000, making the overall total to be $5,910,000. He again gave the description of 94 beneficiaries of 2018 still awaiting payment as 40 PhD and 54 MSC.
Naija News learnt that House of Representatives Majority Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa made the statement in reaction to an allegation the PDP levelled against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the suspension of sittings of various House committees to enable their members to observe the annual recess.