The University of Ibadan has been listed among the Universities that will benefit from the Etisalat Merit Award for 2016. Etisalat Nigeria,In furtherance of its commitment to youth development and the promotion of academic excellence, has listed 12 universities across the six geopolitical zones of the country as beneficiaries of the 2016 edition of its annual scholarship scheme, Etisalat Merit Award.
In addition to the institutions, hundreds of their students will also receive grants, which have been increased by 100 percent beginning from the current academic year.
The other beneficiary institutions are the Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State; Akwa Ibom State University; University of Lagos; Federal University of Technology, Akure; Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State; Benue State University; Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State; Bayero University, Kano; and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.
Speaking on the 2016 edition of Merit Award, the Director, Regulatory & Corporate Social Responsibility, Etisalat Nigeria, Ikenna Ikeme, said the scheme is a significant component of the education arm of the Etisalat’s tripod of Corporate Social Responsibility, which also includes health and environment.
Ikeme added that the award of grants to schools and students demonstrates Etisalat’s unwavering commitment to the development of Nigeria’s education sector and the promotion of excellence among the youth in the country.
The CSR executive speaks further: “In line with our passion for youth development, Etisalat is delighted to announce a 100 percent increase in the grants to students from N100, 000 to N200, 000 starting from the current year. Our objective is to ensure increased access for students to qualitative education, as the grants will enable to buy needed books and research materials that will boost their capacity to do well in their studies.”
IHe continued that in order to have a more inclusive scholarship scheme and in aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals, Etisalat has expanded the scholarship scheme by adding another category that accommodates persons with disabilities.
He said: “They are part of us and they need our love and care. This new category aims to identify and encourage physically challenged students that are performing well in their academics.”
The 2016 regional presentation ceremony of the award will hold in Ibadan, Oyo State in November.
Since it was launched eight years ago, the Etisalat Merit Award Scheme has awarded over 1,400 scholarships to outstanding Nigerian undergraduates with the highest CGPA in courses such as Electrical Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Management Sciences.