Nigeria’s indigenous marginal field operator Oriental Energy Resources Limited has announced the commencement of applications for the 2020/2021 University Scholarship Award Scheme. The award is targeted at eligible undergraduate students from Akwa Ibom State, particularly indigenes of Effiat and Mbo communities.
“The university scholarship award scheme is a demonstration of our commitment to contribute to human capital development in Akwa Ibom State.” Head of Community and Government Relations, Dr Uwem Ite, said in a statement.
According to the Managing Director of Oriental Energy, Mr Ignatius Ifelayo: “The underlying philosophy behind our social investment is to create sustainable footprints through projects and programs that improve the general quality of life in communities within our area of operation and for the people Akwa Ibom State in general. Our delivery strategy creates room for host community ownership to ensure sustainability. As such, we place emphasis on social investment initiatives that respond to stakeholder needs.”
Applicants for the scholarship scheme are expected to have obtained admission for undergraduate studies in a recognised Nigerian university. Shortlisted candidates will be invited via e-mail for an aptitude test. Based on test results, awards are made to successful applicants for a maximum duration of four (4) years, subject to continuous satisfactory academic performance.
In Akwa Ibom State, Oriental Energy currently focusing its social investments in education, community health and enterprise development. Since commencement of the scholarship award scheme, more than 1,000 students in universities across Nigeria have benefited. In addition, Oriental Energy is currently working towards completing a science laboratory complex at Community Grammar School, Ebughu in Mbo LGA, Akwa Ibom State. The solar-powered building and associated infrastructure will have WAEC-standard equipment and accessories for the study and learning of the three core science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics by students before the end of this year.
Oriental operates two marginal fields in offshore Akwa Ibom, Ebok (OML 67) and Okwok (OML 67), as well as one oil mining lease OML 115.