At least 60 communities in Edo and Delta states have benefited from the annual Nigeria Petroleum Development Corporation Limited scholarship program organized for the host communities.
The Director of Community Relations Department, NPDC, Mr. Dahiru Abubakar, announced this at the weekend while conducting the 2020/2021 scholarship examination organized by NPDC in Warri, Delta State.
Abubakar, who is represented by Warri Testing Center Team Leader Mr Noble Embibo, said the scheme is part of NPDC’s social responsibility towards the host communities.
He revealed that the examination is being conducted simultaneously in three centers in Warri, Delta State, Igbema in Imo State, and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He said. “The Warri Center has approximately 170 candidates drawn from 60 communities across Edo and Delta, 22 in Egbema and 145 in the Port Harcourt Center.”
“In total, we have 337 candidates from different host communities sitting for the examination and among them the successful candidates will be awarded scholarships.
“More than 10,000 students have so far received scholarships since the program began in 2000.
“The NPDC Scholarship Program has helped reduce youth disruption in communities and helped develop human capital in the communities that host their operations.
“Communities make nominations and send the list to the NPDC for scholarship examinations.”
However, he revealed that plans are underway to create an online platform for students to get tested, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible for people to interact physically.
According to him, to ensure a transparent, free and fair practice, the NPDC has engaged the services of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources as an advisor to conduct the examination.
The NPDC Scholarship Examination Coordinator, Professor Prekeyi Tawari-Fufeyin, thanked NPDC for the privilege granted to the students.
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