The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (NLNG) has granted N216 million to twelve graduates to pursue Master’s degrees at various UK universities.
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of the company, Sophia Horsfall, announced this in a declaration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Tuesday.
She cited NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi-Williams, as stating the scholarship was intended to provide graduates with the chance to pursue their academic dreams.
According to her, each of the 12 beneficiaries will earn N18 million to pursue various university programs.
“The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, travels and living expenses for all beneficiaries.
“The increasing number of students who apply and qualify for our post-primary, undergraduate and overseas post-graduate scholarship schemes shows our passion for education.
“This award of scholarship to deserving beneficiaries means that opportunity has been given to these young Nigerians to acquire specialised education in top UK universities,” she said.
The general manager also said that through the scholarship systems the firm had made tremendous effect on the growth of human ability in its host societies.
Fatayi-Williams said the firm was launching the initiative to build manpower skills to bridge skill gaps in the petroleum and gas sector of the nation.
“The Master’s degree scholarship is focused on select professional courses, including, Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Studies, Management Sciences, Information Technology, Law and Medicine.
“So far, no fewer than 66 Nigerian students have been awarded scholarship since the programme started in 2013.
“Aside this, NLNG has built and equipped the Bonny Vocational Centre (BVC) which has already bridged the gap in technical education in the country,” she added.
Fatayi-Williams said the BVC had educated more than 400 Nigerians in various professional and professional abilities so far.