Etisalat Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s leading Telecommunication network presented cheques to 10 (ten) University of Lagos students under its Etisalat Merit Awards Scheme for 2015 on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Senate Chamber, 2nd Floor, Senate House, UNILAG.
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos Professor Rahamon Bello FAEng, who was represented by the Dean, Student Affairs Division, Professor Gabriel Babawale in his opening remarks thanked Etisalat Nigeria for maintaining their Corporate Social Responsibility in the sustainability of the scheme which is in its fourth year. He then congratulated the beneficiaries who were found worthy of the honors in their various departments and faculties.
Professor Babawale also used the medium to appeal to Etisalat to do more in the assistance of indigent students . In order to achieve this, the Student Affairs Division had begun a project tagged “Adopt a Student”. The sum of N150,000 is required to sponsor a student per session.
He further said that the N100,000 given to each of the beneficiaries is meant for educational support and must be used judiciously.
While responding, Manager, Corporate & Social Responsibility, Etisalat Nigeria Mrs. Oyetola Oduyemi, explained that the merit award programme was done across 20 universities through the selection of 10 students in each institution based on Merit & Best Performance in 200 & 300 levels.
In conclusion, she admonished the awardees to keep working harder especially those who benefitted from the 2015 scheme while in 200 level because the 2016 edition will take place soon and that the competition is getting tougher by the day.
Also present at the occasion were Dean of Science, Professor Olusoji Ilori; Dr. Soji Okunoye who represented Head of Department, Computer Science, Professor Charles Uwadia and Deputy Registrar Information Unit, Mr Oluwatoyin Adebule.