Nigerian Government Steps In Over Teesside University Deportation Dispute


The Nigerian Government has intervened in a dispute involving the deportation of Nigerian students from Teesside University due to unpaid tuition fees.


The controversy began when Teesside University decided to deport several Nigerian students who failed to pay their tuition fees on time. The students argue that their financial difficulties were caused by the devaluation of the Nigerian naira, making it harder to meet their financial obligations.


Led by Ambassador Christian Okeke, a delegation from Nigeria, including leaders of the Nigerian Students Union in the UK, will meet with the university management to find a solution. The students claim they have been treated unfairly and are seeking support from their government.


Teesside University states that they had no choice but to enforce the deportations due to compliance with UK immigration regulations. The university maintains that non-payment of fees is a breach of visa sponsorship rules.


Despite offering bespoke payment plans to assist the students, the university insists that they must adhere to immigration laws. This stance has been criticised by the affected students, who describe the university’s actions as heartless and unjust.


The intervention by the Nigerian government follows a virtual meeting where Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Ambassador Okeke, Yemi Soile, President of the Nigerian Students Union UK, and the students discussed the issue. The students shared their struggles and hoped for a positive outcome.


The Nigerian delegation’s visit to Teesside University aims to directly address the allegations of unfair deportations. The government’s involvement seeks to ensure that the students receive fair treatment and a just resolution.


The students have expressed that their financial problems are beyond their control and are a direct result of the economic situation in Nigeria. They hope that the university will reconsider its decision and provide more support.


Teesside University has reiterated its position, citing legal obligations to comply with immigration rules. However, the students and the Nigerian government believe there is room for a more compassionate approach.


The outcome of the meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Teesside University’s management remains to be seen, but both parties are hopeful for a resolution that considers the students’ difficult circumstances.

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