Belemaoil Producing Limited has sent ten female Rivers State indigenes to the United Kingdom and Ghana, respectively, for post-graduate and undergraduate studies under the NNPC/Belemaoil JV Foreign Scholarship Scheme for the 2018/2019 academic session.
The scholarship is in furtherance with the company’s resolve to promote girl-child education and its commitment towards the advancement of education as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Policy.
The beneficiaries are from Khana, Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East, Etche, Oyigbo, Ikwerre, Degema, Asari-Toru, Ogu/Bolo and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas of Rivers State.
Eight of the beneficiaries, Kainde Chinenye Akaya, Precious Ogochukwu Ajim, Pearl Befee Ezekiel, Fame Obiageri Onyechere, Benebo Daviesba Josephine, Christiana Victor, Obunezi Onyinyechi Favour and Rejoice Nathaniel to study in the United Kingdom under the post-graduate category, while two other beneficiaries, Gloria Iyama Apikisirobia and Francisca Ibiso Francis were sent to Ghana under the undergraduate category.
Their courses of study include; International Relations, International Marketing Strategies, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Business Finance and International Management both in the UK and Ghana.
The Manager, External Relations, Belemaoil Producing Limited, Barr. Samuel Abel-Jumbo who spoke during a farewell and on-boarding session with the beneficiaries in Port-Harcourt, said the scholarship is in fulfilment of the company’s promise and commitment towards the advancement of education within Rivers State, Niger Delta and beyond.
He urged the girls to excel in their studies and be responsible ambassadors of Nigeria, Rivers State and NNPC/Belemaoil JV. Jumbo said the ten beneficiaries are the first batch of the NNPC/Belemaoil JV 2018/2019 Overseas Scholarship as the scheme will continue in 2019.
One of the beneficiaries, Precious Ogockukwu Ajim, from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, said: “I have always wanted to have an international degree for my post-graduate study and it’s like a dream come true. I can’t be thankful enough to Belemaoil for this privilege. It’s a very big platform towards changing my life and achieving my goals. I will say it is very important to give back to society just as Belemaoil has done through their Corporate Social Responsibility by educating the girl-child and promoting the girl-child education. To other organization, I will advise them to be like Belemaoil because right now in Rivers State and in Nigeria, Belemaoil is like a model to other companies, for being able to make promises and keeping them.”
Another beneficiary, Francisca Ibiso Francis from Asari-Toru local government area, said: “I am going for my first degree at the University of Ghana to study Business Finance and I’m very much excited. I’m being sponsored by Belemaoil Producing Ltd JV with NNPC. I want to thank them because this has been my dream. I feel like I’m the most blessed person because considering the fact that my dad could not afford sending me to school. I’m grateful and I hope to come back and do something great with what I acquire. If more companies do this I don’t think there won’t be illiterates, I don’t think the less-privileged like me will be stranded. If more companies should do this, then the world will be a better place.”
Earlier, the Director, Production and Engineering, Belemaoil Producing Ltd., Engr Mufaa Welsh, who addressed the beneficiaries said their performance will be a test case for the sustainability of the oversea scholarship for others.
On her part, representative of the Nigeria NNPC/NAPIMS, Mrs. Tolu Adefuwa, charged them to be self-confident and be dedicated to their studies in order to come out with good grades.