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194 Akwa Ibom state secondary school students benefit from JV’s scholarship

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), operator of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/MPN Joint Venture has awarded scholarships to 194 students of Akwa Ibom State through its secondary school scholarship programme.

The students, who were selected from public primary schools through a competitive examination and screening procedures, will attend private secondary schools with boarding facilities in the State for the next six years.

Speaking during the scholarship presentation programme in Uyo, the General Manager, Public and Government Affairs, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Paul Arinze, said that, “The scholarship grant will cover their tuition fees, boarding fees, boarding house materials (personal items), uniforms, text books, public / external examinations and even their pocket money for incidental expenses and amounts to an average of eight hundred and fifty thousand naira only (N 850,000.00) per year for each of the students.”

Students and teachers of Monef High School

While the pilot scholarship program in 2011 captured only 20 beneficiaries from MPN’s four nearest neighbouring communities of Ibeno, Eket, Esit Eket and Onna Local Government Areas, the scope of the programme was expanded in 2014 to include another set of 101 students from the entire State and in 2015, another 74 beneficiaries from across the State were accommodated. That brings the number of scholarship beneficiaries to 174 students.

“In 2015 alone, over N150 million was spent on the scholarship programme which was intended to support the manpower development in the state. This is consistent with the JV’s long term approach to educational advancement of our communities,” Arinze said.

MPN presenting the scholarship to one of beneficiaries during the ceremony

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Elder Aniekan Akpan, described the programme as a authentic initiative from MPN that would lay a good foundation for the future of the state. At the same time, he urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the opportunity and beckoned on other corporate organizations in the State to contribute towards the Akwa Ibom child’s educational development.