No probe into Nigerian allegations

Law enforcement authorities in Barbados say they are not investigating any report of money stolen from a fund earmarked to finance the vocational training and accommodation of about 90 Nigerian students in Barbados and Trinidad.

While allegations have been made in the media, a senior official in the Fraud Squad of the Royal Barbados Police Force told Barbados TODAY: “We have not received any official complaints from the parties [students].”

The Nigerians, who are in Barbados to study at the Barbados Community College (BCC) under the Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) of Nigeria, have claimed they were being neglected by the Nigerian state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

The Sahara Reporters– a Nigerian online news publication – said although the programme advertised itself as one that would train students in agriculture, tourism, hospitality, and culinary arts, students are now claiming the entire venture is a “scam.”

They have questioned the role of the state deputy governor, Professor Amos Utuama and Barbadian Donna St Hill, the Delta State consultant in charge of the programme.

In the same news report, Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Professor Hope Eghagha, denied there was any fraud.

He did confirm, however, that the students were having some accommodation challenges in Barbados.

“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.

Amidst the controversy that has surrounded them since they expressed concern about “unsatisfactory” conditions at the Casa Grande Hotel when they arrived two weeks ago, 87 of the 90 Nigerians began their Barbadian educational journey today with a cultural orientation and team building programme at the University of the West Indies, 3Ws Oval.

The five-day initiative, which is being facilitated by Paradigm Consultants & Associates, will cover areas such as goal setting, conflict resolution and cross cultural communication.

From left, Delta State students Ovuzorie Kome and Samson Ukwedojor singing the piece composed by their colleagues for the programme and being supported by Cheryl Gittens, Managing Director, Paradigm Consultants & Associates.
From left, Delta State students Ovuzorie Kome and Samson Ukwedojor singing the piece composed by their colleagues for the programme and being supported by Cheryl Gittens, Managing Director, Paradigm Consultants & Associates.

One of the facilitators, Sandra Husbands, who spoke to the students on the topic Adapting to life in Barbados including civil responsibilities and obligations, told Barbados TODAY the programme was designed to help the Nigerian students integrate into the wider Barbadian society.

“They will be here for the next nine months and we want to make sure that the encounter is as successful as it can be,” she said.

“During the course of the next couple days, one of our main goals will be to try and empower them on how to navigate the Barbadian environment.”

Earlier in the day, St Hill confirmed the students would be in a session next week with a team from the BCC to finalize their placement in the Departments of Agriculture and Hospitality Services.

“The BCC has confirmed classes will begin the following week and next week’s sessions will be very specific to sharing their course allocations, class time and address any of their educational concerns,” she said.

(EJ/RAB)

19 Responses to No probe into Nigerian allegations

  1. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series January 14, 2015 at 6:27 am

    What a mess!

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  2. Apostle Winston Cumberbatch Barnett
    Apostle Winston Cumberbatch Barnett January 14, 2015 at 6:27 am

    SERIOUS,…serious, MONEY BUSINESS MONEY DEALINGS

    Reply
  3. Andrea Jordan
    Andrea Jordan January 14, 2015 at 6:31 am

    This entire situation is terrible,from their treatment and accommodation,is this really happening in my Barbados?

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  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis January 14, 2015 at 6:50 am

    just keeps getting better

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  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Let me get some of this straight. They are saying that the program advertised in Nigerian is a scam? Sorry but that place is known for scams. What is the problem with the accomodations in Barbados that they are complaining about? This seems like a big mess all around.

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  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Let me get some of this straight. They are saying that the program advertised in Nigerian is a scam? Sorry but that place is known for scams. What is the problem with the accomodations in Barbados that they are complaining about? This seems like a big mess all around.

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  7. Annosia Holder
    Annosia Holder January 14, 2015 at 8:19 am

    but wait a min……. look this is a joke or wa now talking bout it’s a scam… lies

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  8. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock January 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

    So BCC are now ready, that was quick

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  9. Matthew Grosvenor
    Matthew Grosvenor January 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Well I would say it is good they are taking that course at UWI, they will learn how to conduct themselves more professionally, After reading what recently happened in Nigeria, seems the only positive thing to reflect on are these students. Howbeit I did not like their approach to the situation, but with a course in learning the Barbadian way of dealing with issues. Hopefully they take those lessons back to Nigeria and make some change down their.

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  10. Sylvia Mayers
    Sylvia Mayers January 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    This whole Nigerian sage should be made into a movie? Barbados haven’t this much drama in a long time! I read the sahare Reporters seriously I don’t know what to think?

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  11. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins January 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    This has to be investigated because it is making Barados look quite unprofessional on the world circuit. Why no probe???? There are gorunds for one and with urgency. I smell “Brown nosing”.

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  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Nigeria better known as Liegeria is well known for SCAMS and they are very good at their craft. Barbados NEEDS to be vigilant at all times. Before you blink twice your money gone with no trace. If you are lucky to catch them in the act it’s because of their greed.

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  13. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens January 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I am not being rude but I am tired of reading about these students. Is there nothing positive happening in Barbados

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  14. Donna Harewood January 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Come on now, people! If this had happened to you wouldn’t you think it was a scam. And why be disrespectful as though it is all Nigerians who are involved in scamming. People in glass houses really shouldn’t throw stones. Are you people aware that secondary school children in Barbados can’t let their bags out of their sight for fear of theft? See them at lunchtime with their heavy bags breaking their backs. Bajans are no better than anybody else.

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  15. carlos January 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I see even in bim people getting real ignorant how the heĺl people going to be harmonious when it’s yuh own color that pulls you down . All the idiots talking bout the Africans Is tricky and all that bajans ain’t no different and who say these people about tricks all they came for is to better their life . I so sick off when some of my own kind open they fat mouth to just talk crap about people and don’t know the real situation. An if some of yuh all wondering I am 100% bajan and I respect my brothers and sisters from all over the world . You all talk crap about trinidad and still we leading calypsonians still make a lots of music with trinis. You all talk crap about guyanese and still when it come to getting the job done you all still hire them. You all talk crap about Jamaica n’s and still when they come to bim to perform all di so call money that bim ain’t got it does get spend on hair do and clothes to look good for these shows . Now you all talking crap about the Africans , I hope you all realize that is where we ancestors from. Barbados only had Indian at first we older generation come from Africa. So when you open yuh mouth to judge people remember where yuh from and where yuh belong.

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