ABU best graduating student bags NNPC scholarship

ABU Zaria
ABU Zaria gate used to illustrate the story. (Photimo taken by Idris Ibrahim)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has announced the award of a full postgraduate scholarship to the 2016/17 best graduating student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Maikanti Baru, announced the scholarship in a statement by NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu.

Mr. Baru said the recipient, Al-Amin Bugaje, would be sponsored to further his education up to Ph.D level in any institution in the world.

Mr. Bugaje, 23, bagged a First Class degree in Electrical Engineering with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.93 to emerge the university’s overall best graduating student.

”This gesture is in line with NNPC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of championing educational excellence nationwide.

”We equally want to encourage other students who are still in school to aspire towards achieving excellence in their academic pursuits,” Mr. Baru, himself a First-Class degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from ABU, said.

He noted that the NNPC recently held the grand finale of its Annual National Quiz Competition.

”At the end of that quiz, we rewarded the state winners with a one-off educational grant of N100,000 each, the national finals winners: first place (Delta), second (Abia) and third place (Ondo) won N300,000, N250,000 and N200,000 respectively as annual bursary support for the entire course of their tertiary education,” he added.

Responding, an elated Mr. Bugaje expressed his gratitude to the NNPC for giving him the opportunity to further his education, stressing that he was “shocked” to hear the GMD announce the scholarship gesture to him.

”I thank the NNPC for this wonderful opportunity to go and compete with the best of the best in the world.

”Hopefully, I will utilise this opportunity to go and groom myself the more and see how we can come back to contribute our quota to nation-building,” Mr. Bugaje said.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Ibrahim Garba, lauded NNPC’s support to the institution’s best graduating student saying ”it is very encouraging on the part of the corporation.

”It would show the way to other corporate bodies to follow suit and invest in education.

”It also shows NNPC as not only a critical supporter of the nation’s economy, but also a pillar in the nation’s educational development,” the vice Chancellor said.

The vice chancellor also thanked the GMD for his gesture in supporting the university’s mini-petroleum refinery project, saying that most of the milestone achieved in the refinery initiative came from the NNPC.

NAN recalls that Baru delivered the Pre-Convocation Lecture where he harped on the need for Nigeria to diversify its economic base away from the vulnerability and fragility of oil and gas revenue.

A total of 50 of the 8,260 undergraduates bagged first degrees, 3,600 were awarded postgraduate diplomas, 256 graduated with Ph.D degrees and 2,300 obtained masters degrees across the university’s 13 faculties.



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  • Message66

    NNPC GMD must offer scholarship to Okafor the way they offered Al-Amin

    Few days ago, social media was ablaze with the celebration of Tochukwu Okafor who carted away EVERY award in Engineering from UNIBEN namely:

    Best Graduating Student, University of Benin. — Dean’s Prize to the Best Graduating Student in academic performance, Faculty of Engineering.‎ ‎— Department Prize to the Best Graduating Student, Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. — Nigerian Society of Engineers Prize to the Best Overall Graduating Student in the Faculty of Engineering. — Arch. Aminu Abubakar Prize to the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. ‎— Nicholas and Victoria Osifo Memorial Scholarship to the Best Graduating Student in Engineering.

    He graduated with a stunning 4.95CGPA in almighty Engineering

    Days after, Al-amin Bugaje from faraway ‪Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU) was named overall best student with 4.93 CGPA from Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering.

    He was IMMEDIATELY offered scholarship up to PhD, by the GMD of NNPC, Mr Maikantu Baru in any university of his choice in the world.

    Yet Tochukwu who graduated with a higher CGPA was ignored by the GMD. Both of them graduated in Electrical Engineering, so it can’t be said that one merits it than the other.

    The money that will be used to send Al-Amin to the best university in the world will not come from the GMD private purse but NNPC. It is fraudulent and corrupt to send one graduate abroad while leaving the one with higher CGPA to remain with only B.Eng. It is totally unacceptable.