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Petroleum fund empowers more Nigerian students

29 July 2013, 07:34Emeka Adebanji

Abuja -  The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) pledged its commitment to empowering Nigerian scholars.

Executive Secretary of the organisation, Dr Oluwole Oluleye, said PTDF had sponsored about 1 500 students for post graduate studies under the Overseas Scholarship, which comprised of Masters and Doctorate projects.

He said through the programme, 761 scholars had graduated with Masters of Sciences and 116 with Doctor of Philosophy degrees while 341 Master’s Degree scholars will complete the programme at the end of 2013.

287 PhD students will graduate in the next two years.

Oluleye said seven more universities had been added to the ten who are already benefiting from the Local Scholarship Scheme.

The Fund has also facilitated University Lecturers’ Skill Enhancement Training Programme (ULSETP), Industry Based Training, Security Training, Vocational Training, Under-Water Welding Training, Drilling Engineering Training Programme, Opendtech Seismic Interpretation Software Training, Post Amnesty Capacity Building Programme, Post Amnesty Vocational Skill Training Programme and Special Training and Educational Scheme in Helicopter Piloting and Air Surveillance Security.

PTDF has built over 146 ICT Centres in universities, federal colleges of education and unity schools spread across the country to provide students easy access to ICT for enhanced learning and research.

The agency is also establishing a National Institute of Petroleum Policy and Strategy (NIPPS), Kaduna.

- CAJ News


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