The Nigeria Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC), on Saturday disclosed that it had awarded over 10,000 scholarships to indigent students from its host communities, since the beginning of the scheme in the year, 2,000.
Speaking during the conduct of the year 2019/2020 scholarship examination organised by the company in Warri, Delta State, the Manager, Community Relations Department, Mr. Dahiru Abubakar, stated that about 379 students were invited for the examination from all NPDC host communities.
Abubakar, who was represented by the team lead of the Warri examination centre, Mr Noble Imabibo, added that the scholarship examination was being conducted simultaneously in three centres at Warri, Delta State, Egbema in Imo State and Port Harcourt, River State.
“We are here to basically conduct NPDC yearly scholarship examination. This exercise is for year 2019/2020 and the process is going on smoothly. Basically, this is a tertiary scholarship exams, what we do is to send invitation to our host communities asking them to nominate four candidates to compete for one slot per community. The Warri venue has about 179 candidates, while Egbema and Port harcourt centres have 100 candidates each”, Abubaakar disclosed.
According to him, of the total number of 379 candidates sitting for the exam, only 160 successful candidates would be awarded the scholarships.
He added that the NPDC Scholarship programme started in the year 2,000, and had awarded over 10,000 scholarships to beneficiaries, saying, “students have enjoyed and still enjoying the programme” which he described as part of NPDC’s Corporate Social Responsibilities, CSR, to its host communities aimed at promoting human capital development.
Abubakar further stated that to ensure transparency in the process, NPDC engaged the management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) as consultant to conduct the examination.
“The whole idea is to make the examination highly competitive and transparent in line with the TAPE agenda of the NNPC administration” he added.
Also speaking, Professor Prekeyi Tawari-Fufeyin, coordinator of the NPDC scholarship examination, (FUPRE) thanked NPDC for the privilege given to the students and urged other corporate organisations to emulate NPDC by coming up with people oriented programmes.
She advised the students to always prepare well for the exam, adding that performance in the past few years had reduced considerably.
One of the participants, Miss Utohware Oghale, an ND-2 student of Ozoro polytechnic, Delta State, said that the scholarship, if awarded to her, would be used to pay school fees and buy books.
Also speaking, Mark Mane, a 200 level student of Physics, University of Abuja, expressed satisfaction in the process, adding that though that was the first time he would be writing that kind of scholarship examination, he hoped to pass and get the scholarship.
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