Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, on Monday said it remained committed to supporting Nigerians, especially youngsters in education and youth development.
The firm?s General Manager, Nigeria Deepwater Operations, Mr. Jide Ayo-Vaughan, affirmed this in Lagos while presenting cheques to students who won this year?s Esso National Postgraduate Scholarship Awards.
About 30 beneficiaries on the occasion received half of the N900,000 allocated to each beneficiary to pursue courses in Engineering, Geology and Geo-Sciences in the nation?s universities.
Ayo-Vanghan, who said the company placed premium on education, specifically noted that it had interest in developing science and technology as well as interest in youth development and empowerment.
He sid, ?In our corporate citizenship programmes, we place a high premium on education, particularly in the field of science and technology which remains the core of our business as well as youth development and empowerment programme, and infrastructural development in the area of education.
?Our contributions to education range from construction of classrooms? blocks, laboratories, teachers? quarters, supply of science equipment.
?Additionally, every year, our sister upstream affiliate, Mobil Producing Nigeria, awards 500 university scholarships to undergraduates in Nigerian universities, while Esso awards postgraduate scholarships, both international and national to some of the best schools in the world.?
The successful persons, he explained, emerged from the over 187 candidates, who were shortlisted from the company?s rigorous and competitive aptitude tests and interviews.
Ayo-Vaughan, while congratulating the recipients, implored them to work harder and to be good ambassadors of the company.
Speaking also, the EEPNL Manager, Staffing and Development, Mr. Norman Hill, urged the beneficiaries to continue to be industrious, saying it was the leeway to attaining lofty academic heights as well as making impact on humanity.
He said, ?Endeavour to reach for the sky. Let your imagination and personal goals flourish for it is only in this way that you can impact positively on your family, community and the nation as a whole.?
Responding, some of the beneficiaries, including Messers Eshiemomoh Aliyu and Okechukwu Ofoma, said the initiative would enable them to accomplish their academic goals and desires.
The duo, while pledging not to betray the confidence reposed in them, thanked the company for the gesture.