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137 students get scholarship from Dangote Refinery in Lagos

A total of 137 students have been awarded scholarships by Dangote Oil Refining Company in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

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A total of 137 students have been awarded scholarships by Dangote Oil Refining Company in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

A statement from the company on Monday said the beneficiary students, who are in various tertiary institutions and secondary schools, were selected from its host communities in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State and given the scholarship as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

The Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development of Dangote Group, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, presented the scholarships to the beneficiaries – 19 tertiary institution students and 118 secondary school students – from 15 communities in Ibeju Lekki, it added.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Edwin said the scholarship is an annual event aimed at contributing to the educational development of the people from the host communities and position them rightly to access greater opportunities in Lagos and Nigeria in general.

He added that the company’s gesture reiterated Dangote Group’s belief that education is the passport to the future and that an investment in knowledge yields the greatest dividends for mankind.

Edwin noted that the company had over the years supported the Nigerian educational sector by instituting scholarship award programmes.

According to him, this is part of the company’s education intervention initiative for indigenous students of host communities impacted by its businesses.

L-R: Abdulrahman Lekki Risho Yoyinsola, One of Beneficiary, Student of Lagos state University. (LASU) Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, HRM, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, Onilekki of Lekki Land, at the Dangote Oil Refinery Projects and Fertilizer Limited, Presentation of Scholarship Awards Programme for the Host Communities Youth in Ibeju -Lekki, Lagos on Monday 6th December 2021.

“In 2019, we executed a pilot of the scholarship programme where 51 secondary school students from our 15 host communities here in Ibeju Lekki were awarded.

“However, as 2019 came to a close, COVID-19 hit the global community, leaving its indelible mark not only on businesses but on every household. As a result, we could not institute the second edition of the scholarship programme in the year 2020.

“As the curtain closes on 2021, we cannot but acknowledge the efforts that our scholars have put into their academic studies, to obtain such excellent results which qualifies them as beneficiaries of this award.

“Hence, after a rigorous screening process, 118 secondary school students and 19 tertiary institution students from our host communities have qualified for this scholarship award,” the GED said.

While congratulating the beneficiaries, he enjoined them to continue to work hard at their studies, strive to achieve excellence in all that they do, and never stop giving their best.

“With the continuous support of the people and the Lagos State Government, we shall not relent in our efforts to be socially accountable while we positively impact our host communities. We look forward to a continuous peaceful and rewarding relationship with our host communities in Ibeju Lekki,” Edwin said.

L-R: Chairman ANCOPSS Ibeju – Lekki Zone Lagos, Ogunnowo Fatai, Dangote Industries Limited, Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, HRM, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, Onilekki of Lekki Land, at the Dangote Oil Refinery Projects and Fertilizer Limited, Presentation of Scholarship Awards Programme for the Host Communities Youth in Ibeju -Lekki, Lagos on Monday 6th December 2021.

Also speaking, the Oni-Lekki of Lekki, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, commended Dangote Oil Refining Company for initiating the scholarship award for indigenes of the area.

The monarch noted that the move showed that the company was determined to carry along host communities and to contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the locality.

He urged the beneficiaries to study hard and focus on their education in order to better their lives and become worthy ambassadors of Ibeju Lekki in future.

One of the beneficiaries, Master Qudus Sodiq, a Senior Secondary School Student from Community Senior High School, Lekki, thanked the Dangote Group for the scholarship.

“I am very happy with this scholarship. It will help me to accomplish my educational aspiration and pursue my dreams in future,” Sodiq said.

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