Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Zarama Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU), have awarded scholarships to 34 indigenes of Kalabar community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The scholarship awards which were for students in secondary schools and tertiary institutions took place at the community on earlier in the week.
It was was in fulfillment of the SPDC’s/Zarama GMOU for the Gbarian/Ubie Integrated Oil and Gas Gathering Project, Okordia/Zarama Cluster Project Advisory Committee (PAC) II.
Presenting the cheques, the Project Advisory Committee Chairman, Mr Jeremiah Ikah, thanked Gov. Timipre Sylva for keeping fait with the promise to ensure the execution of projects by multinational companies operating in the state.
Ikah, who is also the Chairman of Okordia/Zarama/Biseni Local Government Area, commended the leadership and members of
the community for their choice of human capacity development and their friendly disposition.
The SPDC Community Relations Officer, Mr Tolu Amangala, said the scholarship scheme was part of the firm’s corporate
social responsibility to the community.
Also speaking, the paramount ruler of the community, Chief Idonboye Iwandiagha, appreciated the approval of the project and thanked the council of chiefs and the community “for improving the educational standard of the community.’’
He urged the beneficiaries to see the gesture as complementing the efforts of their parents and guardians.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Samuel Oburu, expressed joy for the opportunity and thanked the community and the chairman of PAC II, Mr Jeremiah Ikah, for actualising the project.
Oburu assured that the beneficiaries would not betray the confidence reposed in them and promised to contribute their quota toward the development of the community and the larger society.