Scholarship awards have been given to 96 blind students and 1068 students by MTN Nigeria to study science and technology in 2018 academic session.
Mr Dennis Okoro, Director MTN Foundation, made the revelation on Tuesday in Abuja during the presentation of scholarship award to some of the beneficiaries.
According to him, no less than 1164 students had so far been awarded the scholarship comprising 96 blind students and 1068 other students.
Okoro Added that the scholarship award was a way MTN Nigeria is socially responsible and imparting the lives of Nigerians.
“We are here for three things trust, relationship and our future over the last seventeen years, millions of Nigerians have trusted MTN with the task of providing telecommunication services.
“This is why through the MTN Foundation, we invested time, resources and energy into our communities with the goal of having better relationships, working together to build a better future.
“This one we are doing today is part of our programme for undergraduates in the universities in science technology and in areas we need to encourage.
“We don’t do it by quota we only do it by purely academic performance both for visually impaired and for normal students.
“I urge you to take this opportunity to work hard and come in flying colours with high grades.” he revealed.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Mr Olagunju Lateef, Director Scholarship, Ministry of Education, said that scholarship awards for the benefit of Nigerians is a form of student support programme.
According to him, the award was aimed at rewarding execellent academic performance.
“This has also motivated students in Nigeria to study harder by encouraging competition among them.
“It is pertinent to acknowledge the yearly selection of brilliant but indigent students to be awarded scholarship by MTNF as it gives hope to the less privileged in the Nigerian society as well as giving them a sense of belonging.
“The MTNF from inception till date has awarded a total of 8,145 scholarships valued at N8145 billion to 3114 beneficiaries and 1289 have since graduated.
This is a laudable achievement on the part of MTNF and the Federal Government of Nigeria is glad that MTN has keyed into the scholarship award programme of this administration.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Micheal Adikwu said MTN investing on youths and blind students in science and technology was laudable.
Adikwu represented by Prof. Ajaro Sunday of University of Abuja said scholarship awarded to the blind was a way of helping the blind to see.
Source: Naija News