In an attempt to encourage youth productivity and excellence in the Niger Delta region, The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has awarded a postgraduate scholarship to Miss Jane Adim, who emerged the best graduating student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.
The scholarship, which will enable the beneficiary to study in any university of her choice in any part of the world, was announced at FUTO’s 30th convocation ceremony where the NDDC MD was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Management Technology (D. M. Tech) over the weekend.
Adim, one of the thirty-six (36) first-class students produced by the institution, emerged the best graduating student in the institution with a CGPA of 4.76 from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology.
Mr. Ekere commended the beneficiary for her feat, describing her as a trailblazer. He stated that Adim was “the kind of student that must be encouraged so that she can stand out as a beacon for others not just in the Niger Delta region but in Nigeria at large.
“We are tired of youths being involved in militancy and causing a lot of problems for the oil communities and instigating instability in the region,” he said.
In his speech, he also noted that government’s support in the education sector would help tackle cultism, militancy and unemployment in the Niger Delta region.
Mr. Ekere further said that the commission will assist in the provision of facilities in the university and implement more development projects in the area that will be of great benefit to both the staff and students.
It would be recalled that the NDDC also awarded scholarships to the seven children of the slain heroic police officer, Sgt. Chukwudi Iboko, who was killed on duty during a robbery attack at a branch of Zenith bank in Owerri, in 2017. Mr. Ekere also donated a sum of ₦1 million to the family of the deceased.