By Etuka Sunday
The Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau yesterday urged the shortlisted scholars of its 2019/2020 overseas Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) scholarship scheme to study well so as to impact positively on the country’s economy.
Dr Gusau, gave the charge during the induction ceremony of 148 scholarship beneficiaries in Abuja.
Recall, PTDF between April 29 and May 10th, 2019, conducted a nationwide interview exercise to select deserving candidates for the award of the 2019/2020 Overseas Postgraduate scholarship (MSc/PhD) under the its Strategic Partnership with top Universities in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
PTDF at the induction ceremony formalized the awards and provided recipients with the information on the terms and conditions of the awards and the expectations from the beneficiaries.
Speaking further, the PTDF boss who described the PTDF scholarship scheme as the best in the country said that the programme was tailored to help develop the country’s oil and gas sector.
“You have passed through very rigorous process and you are among the few selected from thousands of applications received and starting from today, you are now in the list of awardees of PTDF scholarships.
“The PTDF scholarship is the best in Nigeria because it is structured in a manner to ensure that we exclusively take care of our students and in turn the oil and gas sector.
“Please, make sure you complete your studies as at when due, so that we don’t make further commitments on you because we want to channel resources to other beneficiaries.
“Ensure that the time allocated to you is well utilized and respect the rules and procedures of the countries and universities you are and aspire high in whatever you do.
“Be good ambassadors of Nigeria because the country is doing so much for you; after studies, come back and contribute to the well-being of the country,” Gusau said.