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Varsity to reduce fees for Nigerians deported from Turkey

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja   |   11 October 2016   |   4:20 am
 Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU) has offered to reduce tuition fee by 50 per cent to any Nigerian student affected by the crisis in Turkey.

Director, Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) Foundation, Behlul Fatih-Basaran made the pledge yesterday when a delegation from the university visited the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Basaran noted that NTNU was ready to help any student that was ready to accept to study at the university.

According to him, the university has already absorbed 29 students who returned from Turkey.

Some Nigerian students in various universities in Turkey were subjected to many mistreatment including arrest and deportation over alleged link with the country’s failed coup.

Basaran explained that out of 54 students on different foundations’ scholarship in Turkey, 29 of them were back in the country and have been absorbed by the university on full scholarship.

He added that the remaining 25 would also enjoy a scholarship of monthly token of $5, 000 each.

He said: “The 25 students offered scholarship in Turkey will still enjoy their full scholarship by the NTIC Foundation. This is separate. Other than that, there are still Nigerian students who are still going through hardship because of the development in Turkey.

“Some of them have been moved to other universities where they now face various degrees of hardship, ranging from faculty difficulties to language barrier.

“They are simply forced to come back to their own country, some of them are even deported. Now, the Nile University under the umbrella of NTIC Foundation has decided to help these students”.

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