As I follow in disgust the plight of 90 Nigerian students who came to Barbados a short time ago, I ask myself the question why is it whenever we have a group of people from Afrika coming here for anything it becomes a problem in one form or another? Can it be manifested any clearer to this nation how we feel about Afrika, Afrikan people and ultimately ourselves? What freedom and sovereignty can a people who loath themselves attain? Of course there will be the few who just like I, that are disgusted with this continuing situation. We boast of free education and being a highly educated people, but in the true essence of education, are we? How educated can you be when you hate yourself?
Again as I follow the plight of my brothers and sisters from Nigeria, I ask the question, who will pay, who is responsible? I see traces of Human Trafficking, Discrimination, Racism and more. I am quoting a brother on FB who is from Barbados and like myself is totally disgusted with this situation.
" Nation newspaper poll, 'Should the 90 Nigerian be refunded and sent back home?'
What ah nasty colonialistic newspaper! Should the theifing un-professionals shit-head organizers of this dis-graceful abuse of privilege along with the lying haters of Africans, officials in Barbados be arrested and charge for crimes against humanity over the un-protocol treatment dish out to these brave progressive African students? Should the ministers of Whor-ism, Education, Social welfare, minister of health and the minister of national security all get FIRED. Should the prime-monster be the first person to be fired for his criminal act of imprisoning these 90 students under Marshall-Law condition when there is no clear or present threat to the nation? Should the dumb ass-ole that created this poll in the first place be band from making any future contribution to the public media displaying how phucking stupid n un-professional they are?
What about compensation for wrongful imprisonment and breach of contracts?"
Barbados needs a revolution ... Someone Has To Pay.
About 90 youths under Nigeria’s Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) program, who were flown from Nigeria for vocational training to Trinidad and Barbados last month, are now coming out to report neglect on the part of state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Though the program advertised itself as one that would train students on agriculture, tourism, hospitality, and culinary arts, students now claim the entire program is a “scam.”
Narrating their predicament from their Trinidad and Barbados training bases, students accused the state deputy governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, and a woman alleged to be his mistress, a Barbadian identified as Donna St Hill, of pocketing program funding.
“Information made available to us reveals that the budget for the program was slashed with the extra funds pocketed by Delta State deputy governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, Ms Donna St Hill, and some individuals. This has affected our accommodation and feeding,” a student said.
An overwhelming majority of the students’ sharply criticized the role of St Hill, Delta State consultant in charge of the program, who they allege has been working with Delta State officials to perpetuate the scheme.
“Ms Donna St Hill is a Barbadian, residing in South Africa. [She] has an office in Wuse II, Abuja and she is the Delta State consultant in charge of the program, working hand in hand with Delta state deputy governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, to [hurt] us here in Trinidad and Barbados,” a student said.
Among the chief complaints leveled against St Hill is her booking student accommodation in Barbados in hurricane-prone locations. A student told Sahara Reporters, “Ms Donna booked our accommodation at a sub-standard hotel known as Casa Grande Hotel located in a hurricane-prone location, against the earlier-procured place at Infinity Hotel we were supposed to stay.”
“When we asked her why the change, she told us that the earlier-booked hotel is now fully booked, this was followed by her threatening to [send] us back to Nigeria if we [rejected the accommodations]. We have sent Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan mail and up ‘til now he hasn’t replied us,” the student added.
“Ms Donna has sent a series of messages lying against us to Governor Uduaghan, whereas we are only agitating for our entitlements as we were informed of by some of the staff of the Ministry of Higher Education in Asaba, the ministry overseeing this program,” students alleged.
“As I’m talking to you now we cannot take our baths because there is no water, some of us had to start fetching water from the pool. Do you know that we almost lost one of us yesterday due to food poisoning as we were told by the doctors? The issue of food is nothing to write home about. I repeat, we have sent a series of messages to the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, to come to our aid, but ‘til date we are yet to get a reply from him,” a student told Sahara Reporters.
“We do not have access to water even to take our baths, we have resorted to fetching water from a pool,” a student said.
Reacting to the development in response to a Sahara Reporters inquiry, Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Prof. Hope Eghagha, debunked allegations that the program was a scam.
However, Eghagha did confirm that the students in Barbados are having some accommodation challenges.
“The training in Trinidad is going on well at NESC. The students of the program in Barbados have challenges with their accommodation. We are talking to the consultant to improve living conditions or possibly move them to a better hotel. We’ve appealed to the students to exercise some patience while we sort things out,” Eghagha explained.
As at the time of filing this report, several calls and messages sent to the Delta State deputy governor, Amos Utuama, and his media assistant, Austin Awode, went unanswered.