Stakeholders extol MTN Foundation’s support for indigent, blind students

Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Muhammad Zia Siddiqui (right); Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Sunday Ndowa Lale; Customers Relation Executive, Ugonwa Nwoye and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Admin, Uniport, Prof. Anthony Ibe, during MTN’s courtesy visit to the university …yesterday.

The narratives surrounding most of the beneficiaries of the MTN Foundation (MTNF) Science and Technology Scholarship scheme for indigent and blind students, has again brought to the fore the imperative of scholarship and grants to national and societal wellbeing.

Speakers at the inauguration of “MTNF Alumni Conference” for graduates’ beneficiaries of the scholarship award reeled out the benefits of the telecommunication’s gesture and financial assistance to Nigerian undergraduates.

The story of Chukwudi Ohaka, a graduate of Engineering at the University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka, who had to work for about three years to save the initial N50,000 to register and pay fees as an entry-level student of the university clearly depicts one of the many challenges confronting some undergraduates in the country’s higher institutions.

The Chairman, MTNF, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, who decried rising cases of youth unemployment in the country said Ohaka went through a rough patch trying to get through the first year. “Then in his second year, he applied for the foundation’s scholarship, he was selected and his story changed.

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