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Realy?! Did GTBank present N10,000 cheque to UNN best graduating student?

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There has been uproar on the internet after a picture of the 2017 Best Graduating Medical Student of the University of Nigeria (UNN) being presented with a GTBank cheque of N10,000 surfaced online.

THE ASSUMPTION

The picture went viral on Tuesday — just because the presence of the GTB logo on the cheque gave the impression that the award was sponsored by the bank.

Nigerians roundly criticised the sight, saying such paltry prize money was not commensurate with the toil that must have yielded the award.

Many compared the award to the prize money for various TV reality shows, including the recently concluded Big Brother Nigeria (BBN), which gifted Efe Ejeba, the winner, a cash prize of N25 million and a brand new SUV.

THE ANGER

On Twitter, the reactions include:

THE TRUTH

But it has now emerged that all the angst at GTB was misplaced. When contacted by the ICIR, the bank denied sponsoring the award.

“Hello. Thank you for contacting us,” the bank said.

“Please note that this donation was not made by GTBank, but by the University of Nigeria Medical Students Association, who made use of their cheque leaflet to create a dummy cheque. We congratulate the young woman on her remarkable achievement and wish her the best in all.”

Similarly, a student of the university said the award was sponsored by the Medical Students Association of the university.

“No, the award wasn’t sponsored by GTBank,” the student told the ICIR, asking not to be named.

“It was courtesy of the Nigeria Medical Students Association UNN chapter. Though the university management promised to reward the girl with N200,000, that has not been redeemed.”

Anger misplaced, cased closed. Shall the people behind the torrents of anti-GTB abuse now render an ‘unreserved apology’ to the bank?

SOURCE: ICIR

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