Etisalat last week in Port Harcourt, Rivers State announced the award of scholarship to 27 best students in Electrical Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Management Sciences from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, University of Port Harcourt and the Anambra State University of Science respectively.
Making the announcement at the formal flag_off of Etisalat service in Port Harcourt, the Chairman of the telecommunication company, Keem Belo_Osagie, represented by a member of the Board of Directors of Etisalat Nigeria, Professor Isabella Okagbue, noted that the annual scholarships worth N100, 000 for each of the students is a demonstration of Etisalatâ€™s commitment to CSR. According to the chairman, â€œA large part of our mandate is the commitment to give back to the community in a sustainable and qualitative way. It is in light of this that early on in our operations here in Nigeria , we established our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) unit.â€
A pivotal part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives will be demonstrated at this event when we shall present scholarships under the innovative umbrella of the Etisalat Merit Award Scheme to 47 deserving students who have excelled in areas such as Computer Science, Electrical Electronics Engineering and Management Sciences.â€Â Belo_Osagie assured at the occasion.
He noted that Etisalat planned to award 300 scholarships to students in the institutions of higher learning with the highest CGPA across the country. According to him, â€œOf 300 scholarships we plan to give out across the nation, we have now awarded 107 while there are another 193 that we will be awarding under our innovative Etisalat Merit Award.â€ Other schools where students are currently enjoying Etisalat scholarship are Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria ; Kaduna State University , Kaduna ; Bayero University , Kano ; University of Maiduguri ; Kebbi State University and Uthman Danfodiyo University , Sokoto.
The Chairman noted that beyond superior coverage Etisalat is set to offer the people of River State , the company is also committed to empowering the residents of the state with the provision of employment opportunities. â€œApart from giving out to the communities where we operate via our CSR initiative, we are also happy to say that our business also creates job opportunities for the good people of this state through our dealerships, sub_dealerships and other downstream retail activities. We are partners in progress with the good people of Rivers and we look forward to keeping the relationship blossoming.â€
Subscribers connecting to the Etisalat network in Port Harcourt and its environs also have the opportunity to participate and the chance to emerge as winners in the ongoing 9jillion promotion. The unique 3_in_1 consumer promotion designed to reward all Etisalat customers offers both old and new subscribers an opportunity to win 2 phones every hour, 24 hours a day for 90 days, win cash prizes worth N125m over a period of five months and also gives one lucky subscriber the chance to go home with an amazing $1m as grand prize money.
Port Harcourt came alive on Etisalat network when the company launched its service in the first phase of the roll_out plan in October, last year. Other cities enjoying the companyâ€™s quality service includesÂ Â Â Lagos , Abuja , Kaduna , Kano , Ogbomosho , Ibadan , Katsina, Zaria , Kebbi and