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ABU’s best graduating student Get NNPC scholarship

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has
announced the award

of a full postgraduate
scholarship to the 2016/ 17 best graduating
student of the Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria .
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation,
Dr. Maikanti Baru , announced the scholarship in a
statement by NNPC spokesman , Ndu Ughamadu .
Baru said the recipient, Al -Amin Bugaje , would be
sponsored to further his education up to PhD level
in any institution anywhere in the world .

Bugaje , 23 , bagged a First Class degree in
Electrical Engineering with the highest Cumulative
Grade Point Average of 4 .93 to emerge the
university ’s overall best graduating student .
“This gesture is in line with NNPC ’s Corporate
Social Responsibility initiative of championing
educational excellence nationwide.

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“We also want to encourage other students who
are still in school to aspire towards achieving
excellence in their academic pursuits ,” Baru ,
himself a First -Class degree holder in Mechanical
Engineering from the ABU , said .

Responding , an elated Bugaje expressed his
gratitude to the NNPC for giving him the
opportunity to further his education , stressing that
he was “shocked ” to hear the GMD announce the
scholarship gesture to him .

“I thank the NNPC for this wonderful opportunity to
go and compete with the best of the best in the
world .
”Hopefully, I will utilise this opportunity to go and
groom myself the more and see how we can come
back to contribute our quota to nation -building , ”
Bugaje said .

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The Vice -Chancellor of the University , Prof .
Ibrahim Garba , lauded NNPC ’s support to the
institution ’s best graduating student , saying , “It is
very encouraging on the part of the corporation .
“It will show the way to other corporate bodies to
follow suit and invest in education.
“It also shows NNPC as not only a critical
supporter of the nation ’s economy , but also a
pillar in the nation ’s educational development .”
The vice chancellor also thanked the GMD for his
gesture in supporting the university’s mini-
petroleum refinery project, saying that most of the
milestones achieved in the refinery initiative came
from the NNPC.

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Baru delivered the Pre - Convocation Lecture
where he harped on the need for Nigeria to
diversify its economic base from the vulnerability
and fragility of oil and gas revenue.

A total of 50 of the 8 ,260 undergraduates bagged
first degrees , 3,600 were awarded postgraduate
diplomas , 256 graduated with PhD and 2,300
obtained masters degrees across the university’s
13 faculties . ( NAN )

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