THE Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has concluded plans to introduce a scholarship scheme for students in Nigerian universities.
The Executive Secretary of PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau, said this on Monday in Abuja at the 2018/2019 induction of scholars for the overseas MSc and PhD scholarship scheme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the scholars will be studying various oil and gas-related courses under the Fund’s strategic partnership with top-ranking institutions in the United Kingdom.
Gusau said that the introduction of the local scholarship would give an opportunity to Nigerians who did not qualify for the foreign scheme.
“We are going to commence the scholarship for Nigerian universities by the end of August, and we expect that the number of beneficiaries will double that of foreign scholarships,” he said.
The PTDF boss said no fewer than 122 MSc and 76 PhD students were shortlisted for the 2018/2019 Overseas Scholarship Scheme (OSS) in UK universities.
Gusau explained that the foreign scholars would be admitted into only 15 universities in the UK, contrary to the initial arrangement where the students choose universities and submit to PTDF for consideration.
“For the foreign scholarships, before now we allowed students to search for universities themselves and we provide the scholarship, but that does not provide value for money.
“So, we decided that we want the best by reducing the number to 15 quality universities which are among the best in the UK.
“At the same time, there is an additional advantage for doing that because we can sit down with the universities and discuss discounts, and we are getting discounts of 15 to 20 per cent depending on the university,” Gusau added.
He also said that most of the students, who benefitted from the scheme, had graduated with flying colours.
Gusau added that the graduates had been taking over most of the operations in the oil and gas sector.
Mrs Mette Edekobi, the Director of Special Duties and State Operations, National Orientation Agency (NOA), urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the country.
She advised them to respect the religion and culture of other people who they might come across during their stay in the UK.
“We believe that we are not talking to Nigerians that are deaf; we are talking to Nigerians that have to listen to what we have to say, and that whatever we tell them today will surface when they leave Nigeria for the UK.
“Do that which is needful and then return safely to Nigeria instead of being deported or arrested and kept in prison; focus on your academics, achieve your purpose and come back,” Edekobi said. (NAN)
– Jul. 30, 2018 @ 19:35 GMT |