Nigerian govt sues U.S University for allegedly mishandling students’ scholarship
The Alabama State University, United State (US) has been sued to court by the Federal Government of Nigeria on claims that the school mishandled the scholarship meant for students’ rent, books and food.
In a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Nigerian government also accused the Alabama University of charging the students for accommodation and lessons they did not use and take respectively.
Meanwhile, the university is said to have refuted the allegation and had told a local media that it had “adhered to and complied with every instruction and direction given to the university by the Nigerian government regarding that agreement.”
The university admitted that the Nigerian government was owed $202,000, but said that the money had been deposited into an account.
However, Anthony Ifediba, who represents the students, said that they believed the university might have withheld as much as $800,000.
Ifediba told the Montgomery Advertiser that the Nigerian government made payment of about $5 million to Alabama State University meant to cover tuition and living costs for all the students.
“I hope it will sober the Alabama State University up, and its new president, to realise that what these students are talking about is very serious and it’s having an adverse effect on them legally and I’d imagine public relations-wise,” he told Montgomery Advertiser.
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