Lagos – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the award of a full postgraduate scholarship up to doctorate level to the 2016/17 best graduating student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of the corporation, who made the announcement while speaking at the university’s 40th convocation ceremony held in Zaria on Saturday, said that Al-Amin Bashir Bugaje, the best graduating student, would be sponsored by the NNPC to further his education up to Ph.D level in any institution in the world.
At this year’s convocation ceremony, twenty-three-year old Bugaje bagged a First Class degree in Electrical Engineering with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.93 to emerge the university’s overall best graduating student,
“This gesture was in line with NNPC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of championing educational excellence nationwide. We equally want to encourage other students who are still in school to also aspire towards achieving excellence in their academic pursuits,” Baru, himself a First-Class degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from ABU, stated.
He noted that this was not the first time NNPC was aiding educational development in the country as a few weeks ago, the corporation had the grand finale of its National Quiz Competition where the best secondary schools from the 774 local government areas, the states and the zones in the country competed for honours.
“At the end of that quiz, we rewarded the state winners with a one-off educational grant of N100,000 each, the National Finals winners: first place (Delta), second (Abia) and third (Ondo) won N300,000, N250,000 and N200,000 respectively as annual bursary support for the entire course of their tertiary education,” he added.