By Jimitota Onoyume, Egufe Yafugborhi & Davies Iheamnachor
BELEMAOIL Producing Limited, an indigenous oil firm, has in its Joint Venture, JV, with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, awarded scholarships to 374 students of its host communities in Rivers State.
Chairman of the event, Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas, commended the initiative of Belemaoil and charged the beneficiaries not to misuse the opportunity.
The firm noted that the scholarships are in three categories: Post-Graduate, Undergraduate and Post-Primary, is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the host communities.
About 175 of the 374 beneficiaries are under-graduates, 78 post-graduate while 121 of them are post-primary students.
The Founder/President of Belemaoil, Mr. Jack-Rich Tein, said the scholarships were not a show of wealth, noting that it was in recognition of the important role education plays in the lives of young people.
Tein, while handing over cheques to the beneficiaries in Port Harcourt, said “We are here not just to celebrate the success that has come to them, but to also honour the privilege given to us as a company to serve.”
“We recognise very importantly that if you joke with education, then you are joking with the future of the nation and if you fail to pick these young ones who have the zeal to pursue their academic dream, you are limiting the unraveling of future opportunities that they would have used to grow themselves and as well as society.
“And I believe very strongly that what we have come here to celebrate is not just a display of so much wealth but a display of interest, that believing in the young ones of today is unlocking the future of tomorrow and that is making the society a better place.”