The beneficiaries have begun their studies in six schools – Premiere Academy, Abuja; Nigerian Turkish International College, Kaduna; St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Lagos; Lead Forte Gate College, Lagos; Top Faith International Secondary School, Akwa Ibom Staten and Grundtvig International Secondary School, Anambra State.
These schools hosted the award ceremonies which were held on September 27, 2016 to signal the formal commencement of the scholarship programme. In an address at the award ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, commended the cradle-to-career programme as a unique CSR initiative and urged other corporate bodies to emulate the gesture. He said the Federal Government would continue to implement holistic educational policies and enjoined the support of all stakeholders. The Minister was represented by Mrs. Abimbola Olamilokun (Deputy Director, Basic and Secondary Education).
The Director of Quality Assurance in the National Examinations Council (NECO) Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu said: “We played an active role in the selection process and we can attest that it was fair and transparent. The students who have come through represent the best of what we had from public secondary schools and we see them transforming to become leaders if they keep up with same spirit of hard work and commitment.” The Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Dafe Sejebor, who was represented by Supervisor, Community Development, Mrs. Bunmi Lawson restated the commitment of NNPC towards quality education and said they would continue to work with SNEPCo on initiatives that will help deliver quality social investment programmes to Nigerian children.
L-R: Social Performance Adviser, SNEPCo, Ibukun Adewale and Rep. Group GM, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Bunmi Lawson, presenting the award certificates to the scholars.