By Azu Akanwa
The Ijaw Monitoring Group has described the 2009 Chevron scholarship for the blind in the Niger Delta as evidence of faithfulness on the part of the American oil/gas giant.
Addressing beneficiaries of the Chevron Oil company Niger Delta Blind Students Scholarship Award, the Coordinator of IMG and Grand Patron of the Niger Delta Blind Students Association, Comrade Joseph Evah, urged them to work harder in their studies to justify Chevronâ€™s humanitarian efforts to support the disabled.
Congratulating the recipients, the Niger Delta rights activist commended Chevron for â€œhaving listening ears and responding to our request to make this happen every year.â€
He recalled that IMG mobilised Niger Delta blind students from all over the country to carry out a demonstration against the company two years ago, adding that Chevron must have realised that the IMG action was â€œdone in good faith to bring succour to our disabled brothers and sisters in the region.
“My reason for spending time, money and energy to sustain the blind students association over the years is to create a platform to further unite our region.
â€œWe urge other oil companies to emulate Chevronâ€™s good works and also appeal to the company to equally consider other Niger Delta blind students at various skill acquisition centres apart from the current beneficiaries who are from higher institutions across the country,â€ Evah said.