Etisalat Gives Free Scholarships to 60 Undergraduate students.

Etisalat Nigeria, has awarded scholarship
grants to another
batch of 60 Nigerian university
undergraduates in further
demonstration of its commitment to
impacting lives and
improving the quality of education in the
The beneficiaries received the sum of
N100,000 each in
support of their education at the 2015
Etisalat Merit Awards
presentation ceremony, held in Abuja on last
The grants were awarded to outstanding
with the highest CGPA in courses like
Electrical Electronics
Engineering, Computer Science and
Management Sciences.
L-R: Director, Counseling Centre, Ahmadu
Bello University
(ABU), Zaria, Adisa Salman; Vice President,
Regulatory and
Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim
Dikko; Dean
Student Affairs, ABU, Prof. Mohammed Sani;
Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, ABU,
Prof.Mohammed Bashir, and the Deputy
Director, Colleges
of Education, Federal Ministry of Education,
Mr. Ezekiel
Funsho at the 2015 Etisalat Merit Awards
held in Abuja on
Thursday, November 12
They were drawn from six leading
universities in the northern region of the
country. The
schools are: Modibbo Adama University of
Technology, Yola;
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Benue
University; Bayero University Kano; Ahmadu
University, Zaria and University of Abuja.
There was also a competition tagged
‘Innovation Moment’,
and Ahmadu Bello University won a full
projector set as the
school with the most innovative idea.
However all the
schools received branded merchandise and
copies of the
top three books shortlisted for the Etisalat
Prize for
Literature 2014 edition, to encourage the
development of a
reading culture in their respective institutions.
Speaking at the event, the Vice President,
Regulatory and
Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim
Dikko, said the
Etisalat Merit Awards is a major part of the
Corporate Social Responsibility and it
Etisalat’s commitment to educational
development and the
promotion of excellence among the youth
segment in the
Dikko noted that though successive
governments at the state
and federal levels have allocated sizeable
budgets to
education, the delivery of quality education
however can no
longer be viewed as the exclusive
responsibility of
governments. ‘‘It has evolved to being a
between several stakeholder groups –
corporations, and the public at large; as
enabled by the
government. Thus, at Etisalat Nigeria, we are
committed to
playing a significant role in encouraging
excellent education
across the nation”, he said.
The representative of the Permanent
Secretary, Federal
Ministry of Education, who is the Deputy
Director, Colleges
of Education, Mr. Ezekiel Funsho,
commended Etisalat for
the CSR initiative, and said it will go a long
way in improving
the standard of education in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo
University, Sokoto,
Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, who spoke on
behalf of Vice-
Chancellors of the beneficiary schools,
appreciation to Etisalat for its commitment to
through various innovative interventions in
the sector as
well as in other sectors. “This laudable
gesture underscores
the importance of public-private partnership.
Apart from
these grants to the universities and students’
scholarships, I
commend Etisalat for its visits to schools and
support of
students through sport and other social
activities. In their
last visit to our school, one of our students,
Patrick, won a
brand new car”.
Congratulating the awardees, Prof. Zuru
encouraged them to
work harder, “you are the best for now, you
should work
harder so that you can be here again next
year because you
are the future of this nation”, he said.
This year the Etisalat Merit Awards will be
presented to a
total of 20 Nigerian universities and 200
students, bringing
the total number of beneficiaries of the
program to date to
Etisalat is also involved in other CSR
activities such as Adopt-
A-School, Career Counselling, ETEP (Etisalat
Telecommunications Engineering Programme)
and a host of

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