By Obeten Godfrey
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has concluded plans to resume it’s Post-Graduate Foreign scholarship to qualified indigenes of the Niger Delta region.
This was contained in a statement signed by Clara Braide, S.A. Communications,
Office of the Board Chairman of the Commission; and follows the approval by the Governing Board and Management for the commencement of the 2018 award process after a comprehensive restructuring of the program.
While announcing the resumption of the scholarship scheme, the commission conveys its regrets at the cancellation of the inconclusive 2017 award process, noting the inconveniences faced by students who applied for the scholarship.
The NDDC post-graduate foreign scholarship was established in 2010 to produce top level professionals with technical manpower, capacity and expertise who would compete in the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the Niger Delta region.
It covers nine professional disciplines such as engineering, medical sciences, computer science technology, geosciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, environment/oil, gas law, as well as project management.
Altogether, a total number of 1,409 students have benefited from the program, including Charles Igwe, whose unique redesign of the Turcot Interchange Road, as a Ph.D student of Construction Engineering at Concordia University, Canada, helped save the Montreal Area Municipality over $1 billion, and Mr Ubong Peters, who won a global three-minute thesis competition.
The Scheme is worth about $30,000 per annum, and is helping to build a knowledge-based economy that will meet the challenges of globalisation.
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