…As Beneficiaries Depart For UK, Ghana
Leading indigenous oil and gas giant, Belemaoil Producing Limited has sent ten female Rivers State indigenes to the United Kingdom and Ghana, respectively, for undergraduate and post-graduate studies under the NNPC/Belemaoil JV 2018/2019 Foreign Scholarship Scheme.
The scholarship is in furtherance of the company’s resolve to promote girl-child education and its commitment towards the advancement of education as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy.
The beneficiaries are from Khana, Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East, Etche, Oyigbo, Ikwerre, Degema, Asari-Toru, Ogu/Bolo and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas of Rivers State.
Eight of the beneficiaries, Kainde Chinenye Akaya, Precious Ogochukwu Ajim, Pearl Befee Ezekiel, Fame Obiageri Onyechere, Benebo Daviesba Josephine, Christiana Victor, Obunezi Onyinyechi Favour and Rejoice Nathaniel to study in the United Kingdom under the post-graduate category, while two other beneficiaries, Gloria Iyama Apikisirobia and Francisca Ibiso Francis were sent to Ghana under the undergraduate category.
Their courses of study include; International Relations, International Marketing Strategies, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Business Finance and International Management both in the UK and Ghana.
The Manager, External Relations, Belemaoil Producing Limited, Barr. Samuel Abel-Jumbo who spoke during a farewell and on-boarding session with the beneficiaries in Port-Harcourt, said the scholarship is in fulfillment of the company’s promise and commitment towards the advancement of education within Rivers State, Niger Delta and beyond.
He urged the girls to excel in their studies and be responsible ambassadors of Nigeria, Rivers State and NNPC/Belemaoil JV.
He said: “This is the first batch. Others will join as we make progress and hopefully in 2019 we will also continue. Our coming here this evening is to ensure that we bid them farewell, we hold an on boarding session and wish them well. We expect that they go out there as responsible ambassadors of Rivers State, of Nigeria and Belemaoil and indeed NNPC too. We expect that they complete their studies within record time and come back with flying colours and be useful and valuable to their country.
“This batch is predominantly girls. We believe that the girl-child should be given the opportunity to excel. These were the crop of students among those of them that partook in the screening process that were able to come tops. And we believe that if we are able to impact positively the girl-child we are impacting the society more positively, we are impacting our state and nation more positively.”
Mr. Jumbo said the ten beneficiaries are the first batch of the NNPC/Belemaoil JV 2018/2019 Overseas Scholarship as the scheme will continue in 2019.
“This is the first batch. Others will join as we make progress and hopefully in 2019 we will also continue. Our coming here this evening is to ensure that we bid them farewell, we hold an onboarding session and wish them well. We expect that they go out there as responsible ambassadors of Rivers State, of Nigeria and Belemaoil and indeed NNPC too. We expect that they complete their studies within record time and come back with flying colours and be useful and valuable to their country.
“So we are very happy for this opportunity and as you can see they are also happy for the opportunity being given to them by Belemaoil in Joint Venture partnership with NNPC,” he added.
Also, the Executive Assistant to the Founder/President of Belemaoil and Head, Petroleum Engineering and Development, Mr. Sam Dambani charged the beneficiaries to take their studies serious in order to have a better future. He said: “This is a good thing. I am very grateful to the Management of Belemaoil Producing Ltd led by our able Founder/President, Mr. JackrichTein Jr. he has been of tremendous blessing to us and I would also want to say to the scholars, an opportunity has been given to you. If you go to the UK University and you come out with a distinction you stand several other opportunities that will come. Either you do your PhD or you end up working with a UK school or you get very good employment in Nigeria.”
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen moments before their departure commended the Management of Belemaoil for giving them a lifetime opportunity to advance their academic pursuit. They promised not to toy with the opportunity given them.
One of the beneficiaries, Precious Ogockukwu Ajim, from Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni LGA, said: “I have always wanted to have an international degree for my post-graduate study and it’s like a dream come true. I can’t be thankful enough to Belemaoil for this privilege. It’s a very big platform towards changing my life and achieving my goals. I will say it is very important to give back to society just as Belemaoil has done through their Corporate Social Responsibility by educating the girl-child and promoting the girl-child education. To other organization, I will advise them to be like Belemaoil because right now in Rivers State and in Nigeria, Belemaoil is like a model to other companies, for being able to make promises and keeping them.”
Also, Francisca Ibiso Francis from Asari-Toru local government area, said: “I am going for my first degree at the University of Ghana to study Business Finance and I’m very much excited. I’m being sponsored by Belemaoil Producing Ltd JV with NNPC. I want to thank them because this has been my dream. I feel like I’m the most blessed person because considering the fact that my dad could not afford sending me to school. I’m grateful and I hope to come back and do something great with what I acquire. If more companies do this I don’t think there won’t be illiterates, I don’t think the less-privileged like me will be stranded. If more companies should do this, then the world will be a better place.”
Earlier, the Director, Production and Engineering, Belemaoil Producing Ltd., Engr Mufaa Welsh, who addressed the beneficiaries, said their performance will be a test case for the sustainability of the oversea scholarship for others.
He said: “The courage for us to send the next people will be based on your performance. So, if you don’t perform there will be no need for us to send the next set. You are going to meet a lot of people from all over the world; you will meet new friends but remember where you are coming from. You are a pace-setter for your family so you need to make your parents proud, you have to make the country proud, you have to make Belemaoil Producing Ltd and you have to make our senior partners, NNPC proud.”
On her part, representative of the Nigeria NNPC/NAPIMS, Mrs. Tolu Adefuwa, charged them to be self-confident and be dedicated to their studies in order to come out with good grades.