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NLNG awards 11 overseas Postgraduate Scholarships

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The Nigeria LNG Limited has awarded postgraduate scholarships to 11 Nigerians to pursue Masters’ degrees in leading universities in the United Kingdom.

The award offer was made known by the Nigeria LNG Limited on Monday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

NLNG offers post-primary, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to students in her host communities and across the country.

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...graduate Scholarship Scheme was launched to grow a pool of dedicated professionals to bridge specialist skills gaps in line with the Company’s vision of helping to build a better Nigeria.

The scholarship is fully funded and administered by the NLNG.

Eyono Fatayi-Williams, General Manager External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG, in her keynote address at the event, remarked that ...graduate scholarship scheme was designed as part of NLNG’s Social Investment in education.

In her charge to the awardees, Fatayi-Williams stated: “As a global LNG company determined to constantly improve its local community, its business and the country at large, through human capital development, NLNG is offering you this opportunity as an investment in you trusting that when you graduate and return to our country, you’ll contribute to the development and advancement of our nation.”

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Also present at the event was Godson Dienye, Manager, Community Relations and Sustainable Development.

In his speech, he stated that since its inception, Nigeria LNG, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, has made education a key focus of its human development pursuits.

Dienye stated that ...graduate scholarship scheme was “one of the most outstanding of our scholarship schemes because of its important role in national development.

“The importance of research in the development of any company or country cannot be overemphasized.

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“And the level of education that offers the window into research is unarguably ...graduate level of education.”

The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, living expenses and travel and is valued at around 30,000 pound for each scholar.

Particular focus is given to select professional courses, which include Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Studies, Management Sciences, Information Technology, Law, and Medicine, all at Masters degree level.

A total of 89 Nigerian students have been awarded postgraduate scholarships since the programme started in 2013.

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The NLNG Scholarships Scheme is one of NLNG’s interventions in education.

NLNG built and equipped the Bonny Vocational Centre, which helps to bridge the gap in technical education in the country.

To date, the BVC has trained over 400 Nigerians in a range of vocational and related occupational skill-sets.

The Company also funds the NLNG Youth Empowerment Scheme.

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Over 1,200 youths from Rivers State are participating in different short-term entrepreneurial skills in 2021.

The NLNG is owned by four Shareholders: Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%); Shell Gas BV (25.6%); TotalEnergies Gaz and Electricite Holdings (15%); and Eni International NA N.V. S.àr. l (10.4%).

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NGOs demand justice for five-year-old pupil murdered by proprietor

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Non-governmental organizations, the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa and The Unity Project Nigeria have jointly, this weekend condemned the gruesome murder of Hanifa, a five-year-old pupil who was abducted and eventually murdered by the proprietor of the primary school she attended in Kano.

Describing the incident as a “harrowing tragedy”, the NGOs demanded that the accused, and others who abetted him, be made to answer for the “heinous crime” which callously terminated the life of an innocent and promising child placed in his care for academic development.

The groups in a statement jointly signed by the Executive Director, Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa, John Mayaki and National Chairman, The Unity Project Nigeria, Jennifer Serrano respectively, said: “It is most unfortunate that Nigerians are once again made to experience the painful grief of the loss of another child in an environment where children ought to receive the most protection and be guaranteed safe expression.”

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“From all accounts, it appears that the accused Proprietor, Mr. Tanko, is a remorseless murderer who must be made to answer for the heinous crime of brutally terminating the life of an innocent and promising child.”

“The death of Hanifa is one too many. Our children, being the most vulnerable in society, rely on our responsible actions as adults for their protection and safe development. A situation where schools, an environment that should ordinarily serve the purpose of intellectually stimulating pupils, become a death scene and hunting ground for predators is certainly unsustainable and calls for urgent actions.”

“The government across all levels must immediately embark on a country-wide assessment of schools to ensure that they remain conducive and safe for learning. Furthermore, they must intensify efforts to curb the spate of insecurity which, perversely, has encouraged opportunistic crimes such as local kidnapping for ransom that endangers the most vulnerable in the society.”

“The measure of any society lies in how it cares for the weak and protects the vulnerable. If our children cannot learn peacefully in school, without safeguards in place to protect them against the criminal tendencies of perverse reprobates like Mr. Tanko, then all hope is truly lost.

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“We must secure justice for Hanifa and lay down a marker that no parent or family will be thrown into such painful sorrow or made to question the decision of enrolling their ward in a school to obtain an education and attain skills necessary for social progress and self-development.

“The groups also condoled with the family of the late Hanifa, offering prayers that the Lord should grant them strength and fortitude in “what is truly a dark, troubling, and traumatizing episode.”

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Lagos hawker receives scholarship letter from Obi Cubana, placed on N100,000 salary

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Businessman and socialite, Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, kept to his promise as he has offered a letter of scholarship to Jeremiah Ekumah.

Earlier last week, Ekuma, a young hawker, was caught on camera in the Ajah area of Lagos, giving money to persons who were being transported to prison in a Nigerian Correctional Service van.

Obi Cubana, who chairs the Cubana Group, last Saturday, in an interview with media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, made known his intention to sponsor the young boy’s tertiary education in any institution of his choice.

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Keeping to his promise, Obi Cubana on Saturday (today) shared pictures of the young lad who received his letter of scholarship from the Cubana Group.

Obi Cubana, on his Instagram page, also revealed that one Mr & Mrs Afuah, based in Canada, has placed Ekuma on a N100,000 monthly salary till he finished his education.

... read, “And God has remembered Jerry!! @jerryluck_ God used Rocky @rockyemmyphotography to make that video! And God used @daddyfreeze to connect me and Jerry!

“He has collected his letter of scholarship from Cubana Group! Thank God for His uncommon Grace! Mr & Mrs Afuah @iam_hymans who are based in Canada, we ran into ourselves last night at Cubana Lagos, and he introduced himself and said he wanted to reach out to Jerry.

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“We all met this afternoon here in Lagos. He has promised Jerry (and started paying immediately) a salary of 100k monthly from today till he is done with school!

“God has really remembered Jerry! Do Good, be nice, be generous! God will definitely remember you someday.”

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