Speaking at this year’s award ceremony, which held in Lagos, in which 10 young Nigerians were awarded the scholarship, Mr. Jide Ayo-Vaughan, Executive Director, EEPNL, said, ““With today’s awards, a total of 100 persons have now been sponsored for international post graduate studies in engineering and geosciences disciplines in schools located in the United Kingdom and United States.
The 10 beneficiaries have already secured admissions to study different engineering-
The purpose of the scholarship, according to Ayo-Vaughan, is to help build the capacities of young and brilliant Nigerians in order to boost the pool of qualified manpower for career opportunities in the country’s Oil and Gas industry. He further said the gesture was also in line with the company’s philosophy of corporate social responsibility, whereby it contributes substantially to the development of the society.
Ayo-Vaughan also used the opportunity of the occasion to counsel the beneficiaries to justify the confidence the company reposes in them by their conduct and academic success at the end of their Masters degree programmes.
On the screening and selection process, Mr. Udom Inoyo, the Executive Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria and In-Country HR Manager, who was involved in every stage of the process, said the selection was transparent and rigorous. He disclosed that it was not an easy task for the 10 beneficiaries to emerge as winners due to the fact that about ten thousand applications were received.
Representative of NNPC, Mrs. Iyabo Ayobami-Ojo said that NNPC was proud to be associated with the project as it provides the beneficiaries the rare opportunity to realize their dreams and prepares them for a brighter future, in which they would contribute their own quota to the country’s development. She enjoined the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in their various schools studies.
A major highlight of the event was the vote of thanks on behalf of the beneficiaries by the only lady among them, Miss Kelechi Okorafor. She thanked the sponsors for making their dreams come true and promised that they will put in their best in their studies and be good ambassadors of EEPNL.
The 10 awardees are all first class engineering graduates from different institutions across the country