Scholarship: Indorama Fertilizer and Chemical Company Limited has awarded scholarships to two undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU to reward academic excellence.
Presenting a cheque of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only (N150,000. 00) to each of the recipients, Miss Victoria Israel and Miss Chioma Onoyovwi, a representative of the company Mr. Tunji Ajiboye, a Regional Manager, explained that the company was desirous of encouraging academic excellence at DELSU which he described as “one of the best Universities I have ever been to”. He praised the University for its policy of gender balancing which has given women a pride of place, by increasing the number of women in the commanding heights of the University administration, adding that there were about 75% of female students in the institution.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor (Mrs) Rosemary Okoh, expressed gratitude to Indorama Fertilizer and Chemicals Company Limited for its generous contributions towards the future of students. He observed that the choice of agriculture for the scholarship was instructive as it addressed the crucial issue of sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.
An elated Prof. Mrs. Ogisi told her audience, a full hall at the Arts Auditorium, that the Faculty was at the brink of extinction, with just 45 students, before the emergence of the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Egwunyenga who had embarked on a massive campaign for the resuscitation of the Faculty on all fronts. According to the Professor of Agricultural Economics, the Faculty had grown to 560 in student population through “the deliberate effort of the Vice-Chancellor to make the Faculty take its rightful place in the University”.
In a vote of thanks presented by the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. (Mrs) Nelly Uriegho of the Department of Forestry and Wild Life, she expressed deep gratitude to the company, adding that the awards would motivate students to work harder so that they would receive the scholarship in future. She also informed the awardees that they would have a favourable response if they applied for employment in Indorama Fertilizer and Chemicals Company Limited.