By Myke Uzendu
About six hundred youths drawn from across the country will benefit from the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Belema Oil Producing Limited scholarship worth 120 million naira in commemoration of International Youth Day (IYD).
The mouth watering scholarship largesse was disclosed to newsmen by Belema Oil Manager External Affairs, Samuel Abl-Jumbo, at Aztect Alcrum Stadium road, Port Harcourt on Friday during the commemoration of 2019 International Youth Day (IYD) with the theme “Transforming Education”. He disclosed that the scholarship grant is important, because education is fundamental to the development of youths and the nation.
He said “Belema oil is a household name in Nigeria and beyond. This scholarship is to support and say to the youth that we have confidence in our youth. We believe in them and we shall continue to support them.
“We however realized that fundamental to build the youth and a nation is education. This is why we have decided to award scholarship of 200,000 naira eash to 600 students across the country and Rivers state in particular, he added.
He also made it known that the grant wouldn’t have been possible without collaboration with the NYCN who insisted that the scholarship should not be limited to Rivers state but be extended across the country.
Earlier in his mark, NYCN President, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo explained that the scholarship is to assist Nigeria youth in school to further their education, adding that education remains the best legacy of any corporate organisation.
Sukubo said, “The essence of Education is the availability of quality education to all and sundry irrespective of tribe or language, we can only be talking about transforming education only if the education is available to all”.
Also speaking after receiving NYCN Merit Award which is part of the event, founder of Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, Alabo Edi Abali of Kalabari Kingdom, Alhaji Dokubo Asari commended NYCN and Belema Oil for the kind gesture.
He said “We have never seen it before, I was president of Rivers state students, 1985. We use to be going for 2,000 bursary. Does Shell pay 200,000? NO, and they want to and take our oil. It will not happen.
He urged the Ijaw and Ogoni organization to continue to support Belema oil, and equally charged the beneficiaries to use the money well.
One of the recipients who spokes to newsmen after receiving her cheque, Ahmed Zainab said “this scholarship will help to finance my education and make productive to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
Another beneficiary, Evans Okodomi Osas expressed his profound gratitude to God, NYCN and Engr Jack Rich Tein the President Belemaoil and all other concerned stakeholders for the unprecedented show of love to Nigeria Youth with the presentation of scholarship awards to 600 students, just as he prayed for the steady growth of the company.