Egbin Power Plc, Nigeria’s largest power generation company, has awarded multi-million Naira scholarships to a new set of host communities children selected from public schools in Egbin, Ijede, and Ipakan, covering all school expenses, including tuition, textbooks, and school uniforms, as well as other educational items, for the full academic session.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, during the 2023 award ceremony for scholarship beneficiaries, which had the theme “Unstoppable Champion 3.0,” held at the Egbin plant in Ijede, Ikorodu Lagos State.
EnergyDay Nigeria reported that 14 new beneficiaries were unveiled during the 8th edition of the program and are being added to the existing 32 awardees who are already benefiting from the offer.
During the presentation of awards to beneficiaries of the scholarship, the GenCo restated its commitment to education in line with SDG 4 that “aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc, Mokhtar Bounour, speaking at the ceremony organised to honour the beneficiaries, explained that education remains the bedrock of transformational advancement of societies, socio-economic growth and human capital development, which the company strongly promotes through its various initiatives.
“The foundation of development in any community, society or nation is education because it brings sustainability, progress and raises future leaders for a more prosperous society.
At Egbin Power, we realize the significance of quality education, that is why we have continued to provide the scholarship programme in our host communities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” CEO, Egbin Power, Mokhtar Bounour said.
Bounour further explained that Education is a child’s right, as it strengthens the developmental capacities of individuals, communities, groups, institutions, and countries. He also said, “That is why we have instituted this scholarship programme to achieve rapid development in our host communities,”
Principal, Powerfields Group of Schools (College), Mrs. Folahanmi Adesina said: “Egbin Power Plc deserves commendation for discovering brains and talents from the community through the scholarship platform.
“I also want to applaud the management and staff of Egbin for their unwavering support to the beneficiaries over the years, while also promoting the school as a brand.” She urged the students to continue to do their best in their education.
Olufunke Winful, Head Teacher, Powerfield Group of Schools (Elementary), in her remarks, commended Egbin for investing in the future of the students and for putting smiles to faces of the teachers and parents.
“We remain committed to guiding the students, monitoring them and ensuring that they excel in their academic and other aspects of life,” she said.
While receiving the scholarship awards, Abimbola Akinbiyi, one of the beneficiaries in the 2023 edition expressed her happiness to have emerged as one of the awardees. She commended Egbin Power Plc for creating the scholarship programme in order to encourage students to give their best in education.
Her father, Mr. Mark Akinbiyi commended the GenCo, the community leaders and teachers at the school for encouraging students to participate and excel in their academic endeavour.
Ridwanullahi Sharafa, who also emerged an awardee praised the Genco, the Management and staff for creating the platforms to support students with the scholarship.
EnergyDay further gathered that the 2023 programme received over 300 entries from the three catchment communities. The finalists went through several stages conducted by an independent body, including verification, pre-test, boot camp, and final selection.
The GenCos stated that after completing these stages, the finalists were admitted on scholarship into Powerfield Group of Schools owned by Egbin Power Plc.
Powerfield Group of Schools, owned by Egbin Power Plc, is situated within the serene and secure premises of Egbin Power in Ijede, Ikorodu, and it offers quality education in its nursery, primary, and secondary (day and boarding) schools.