Romania Set To Deport 300 Nigerian Students Due To Unpaid Tuition Fees

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Over 300 Nigerians currently studying in Constanta Maritime University, Romania, on the scholarship of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, are facing threat of expulsion from the institution over the alleged refusal of the agency to pay their school fees and other sundry allowances.

Investigation by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the young Nigerians have not been able to offset their fees thereby drawing the anger of the officials of the institution who have repeatedly threatened to send them back to Nigeria.

Each of the students, who are studying engineering, navigation and naval transport, pays a total of €5,720 (N1.23m by international exchange rate of €216).

The break down shows that each of them pays €4,500 as school fees; €300 as feeding allowance; €400 Euros for accommodation; €220 as stipends and €300 as winter allowance.
While the feeding, accommodation and stipends are paid monthly, the school fees and winter allowance are paid once a year.

The affected students are in their first, second and third year in the university.

One of the students, who pleaded anonymity for fear of being victimised, told this newspaper that the school authorities have threatened to send them back to Nigeria if NIMASA does not pay the fees and allowances by January 31.
 
“We are stranded, confused and cannot concentrate on our studies based on the unfortunate news of expulsion unleashed to them by the school,” he said.
“The school has said that if by 30th of January the school fees are not paid it has no option than to return us back home.”

He said the institution’s officials have been trying to contact NIMASA to resolve the matter “but no positive response from the agency concerning the future of the students in the school”.

He pleaded with the Federal Ministries of Transport and Education as well as the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Transport to intervene “for the sake of these young Nigerians who are eager to contribute their quarter towards national development”.

Efforts by this newspaper to reach the institution by mail and telephone were not successful.

When contacted, the NIMASA spokesperson, Lamin Tumaka, declined comments, saying she was yet to be briefed on such matter.

However, a senior official of NIMASA, who refused to speak officially because she was not authorised to do so, attributed the delay in paying the fees and allowances to the challenges the agency was facing.

The official however assured that the matter was being addressed and that the students would be paid soon.

“I’m sure you know the challenges NIMASA is facing; we are trying to sort things out,” she told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.

“We have an acting director general and you know other issues like the TSA (Treasury Single Account) and others. But we have commenced processing of their payment.”
NIMASA had sent over 2,500 young Nigerians on scholarship to reputable institutions in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Romania, India and The Philippines to study marine engineering, naval architecture and nautical sciences under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme.
In 2015, hundreds of the youth studying in Philippines were sent out of their classrooms over the alleged inability of the agency to pay their tuition fees and other sundry payments for their upkeep.

However, the then Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, had denied the reports of the student’s ordeal.
He said, “The students are studying to become marine engineers, naval architects and nautical scientists. This has gone on successfully. We were taken aback by the recent media publications on nonpayment of the students’ fees, which we believe may have been sponsored.

 
“For the avoidance of doubts, no student of the NSDP programme has been sent out of school for fees and none will be sent out because all fees have been paid by NIMASA till date.”
The former DG, who is currently facing trial for alleged corruption, said in the next five years, Nigeria would have produced a sizeable number of qualified seafarers, “satisfying local demands and also earning scarce foreign exchange from working on board foreign ships”.



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zezprincess at 09:45 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Ok,but nimasa make una no allo ndi romania to send back these young vibrant&brilliant students back to nigeria,abeg make una do something fast.
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osarobo62 at 09:48 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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meanwhile, the Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi was busy squandering their money on parties and friends
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kp45 at 09:51 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Noted ok
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gogoman at 10:29 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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those fat cat, has chop these poor student allowance... na wa ooo
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Ennyolalekan at 10:32 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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how I wish
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beneno at 10:44 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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even as poor as Romania still dey deport.if ni only Romania dey allow  foreiners to stay their country for Europe I go kukuma pack my things go back Naija
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Powerfulify at 10:54 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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They won't pay their school fees instead they will be sending d money 2 their respective foreign accounts. Buhari will be jumping 4rm 1 country 2 d other depositing into his own account.
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akinmanchy at 11:17 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Chai Romania sef dey deport people? Hahahaha

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nonix22001 at 11:18 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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hmm, Romania of all places. when romanians are all over Europe especially Paris eating from trash cans to mouth. begging for a stick of cigarette as if their lives depends on it. I witnessed this live back in 2014, I was stunned. how many Romanians can afford to comfortably go to Uni there?? Nigeria just dey let some useless countries dey take us play. mctwee. May God help Us All
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dareper at 11:37 PM, 20/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Nigeria, funny country
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cocoeni at 12:36 AM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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those suffer head Romanian ni see dey  form for naija ppl ....wey be say na begging   and pocket picker b their work for Europe.....smelling ppl
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kayonewien at 03:50 AM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: sunshine Mc brown on 12:36 AM, 21/01/2016
those suffer head Romanian ni see dey  form for naija ppl ....wey be say na begging   and pocket picker b their work for Europe.....smelling ppl

Even in Nigeria don't teachers send students home for non payment of school fees? People make some sense in public forum.
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kayonewien at 04:00 AM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: Fellyx on 11:18 PM, 20/01/2016
hmm, Romania of all places. when romanians are all over Europe especially Paris eating from trash cans to mouth. begging for a stick of cigarette as if their lives depends on it. I witnessed this live back in 2014, I was stunned. how many Romanians can afford to comfortably go to Uni there?? Nigeria just dey let some useless countries dey take us play.
mctwee. May God help Us All

Just listen to yourself, is that the issue at stake? Why making clomments just for the sake of it. Is there any school in Nigeria where student are not sent home for failure to pay school fees? We should address issues rightly.. if you think Romanians are so hungry but they have one of the best maritime university in Europe.So ur fat belly politicians shouldn't eat their school fees and dump them in Romania. Senseless talk.
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Oworen25 at 05:21 AM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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That is the reason why we must always get prepared before taking a move
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winace at 05:24 AM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Too bad
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DAMILARE100 at 08:58 PM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Your family members voted for CHANGE in Nigeria, now you are feeling the wind
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DAMILARE100 at 08:58 PM, 21/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Your family members voted for CHANGE in Nigeria, now you are feeling the wind
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Novic at 11:10 AM, 23/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Ok,but nimasa make una no allo
ndi romania to send back these
young vibrant&brilliant students
back to nigeria,abeg make una do
something fast.
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Novic at 11:11 AM, 23/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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hmm, Romania of all places. when
romanians are all over Europe
especially Paris eating from trash
cans to mouth. begging for a stick
of cigarette as if their lives
depends on it. I witnessed this live back in 2014, I was stunned.
how many Romanians can afford
to comfortably go to Uni there??
Nigeria just dey let some useless
countries dey take us play.
mctwee. May God help Us All Just listen to yourself, is that the
issue at stake? Why making
clomments just for the sake of it.
Is there any school in Nigeria
where student are not sent home
for failure to pay school fees? We should address issues rightly.. if
you think Romanians are so
hungry but they have one of the
best maritime university in
Europe.So ur fat belly politicians
shouldn't eat their school fees and dump them in Romania. Senseless
talk.
Reply
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