Lagos - Exxon Mobil, the oil and has producer, has offered 13 first class graduates from various universities around the country international post-graduate scholarships.
The offer would enable the beneficiaries to further their careers in the oil and gas industry.
Speaking at the award presentation in Lagos, the Executive Director of Mobil Nigeria, Udom Inoyo, decried the poor state of the country's educational system and praised the student for coming tops despite the obvious challenges.
"The academic system in Nigeria is in a deplorable condition. Recent happenings alone are reflective of the state of affairs in the education sector. The Academic Staff Union of Universities is once again on strike, putting the education of several thousands of students on hold indefinitely," he said.
“Things cannot be allowed to continue as they are. The challenge facing our educational institutions is something that must be addressed by everyone."
He said at EEPNL, they were doing their part by offering the international post-graduate awards to qualified students.
"We give them the opportunity to further their educational goals in an environment free of some of the challenges we are presently facing in Nigeria,” Inoyo said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Deputy Manager, National Petroleum Investments Management Services, Iyabo Ayobami-Ojo, hailed Mobil's initiatives.
“My charge to you (graduates) is that you should go there, work hard and be good ambassadors to Exxon Mobil, to your parents and to your country, Nigeria.”
- CAJ News