No fewer than 2,000 indulgent undergraduate students from host communities have benefited from scholarship scheme of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), in the past five years.
The benefitting students are from Edo, Delta, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
The Managing Director of NPDC, Mansur Sambo, disclosed this on Saturday at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta state.
Sambo, who was represented by the Manager (Community Relations), Dahiru Abubakar, lauded the academic performance of students that have so far benefitted from the scheme, even as he called on parents to encourage their wards to key into the scheme to ameliorate the burden of financing their children’s education.
He noted that over 4,000 had participated in the scholarship examinations, from which the benefiting students were selected.
He said the scholarship programme was part of the establishment’s corporate social responsibility geared towards building human and capital development of youths.
“This is a pre-selection examination for indigent students of the company’s host communities and it is taking place simultaneously in Delta, Imo and Rivers states.
The main thrust of NPDC corporate social responsibility policy is education. The relevant of education in any society cannot be over emphasised.
“If you educate a society you educate the whole nation for improvement, for technology and development in general.
“But if you have an illiterate society you have an illiterate nation, and that nation will be stagnated in all facets of human life.
“So because of the relevant of education, NPDC decided that part of its main thrust should be education, and that is what gave birth to this scholarship programme for indigent students in its host communities,” he said.
Also speaking, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Prof. Prekeyi Tawari-Fufeyin, commended NPDC for the initiative.
“This is an educational institution and we are consultant to NPDC. We are in charge of conducting the scholarship examinations for selected students from different communities.
“About 180 students are writing this exam in FUPRE here in Warri today. We have over 300 students in all the three centres where the exams is taking place and we are coordinating three centres, Imo, Delta and Egbema.