WACT awards N30m scholarships to students from host communities
The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has awarded scholarships worth N30 million to 50 undergraduates drawn from Onne and Ogu communities in Rivers State.
Speaking at the scholarship presentation ceremony, in Onne, the Managing Director of WACT, Naved Zafar, congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to work hard to excel in their studies.
He said: “You are a great pride not only to us but to the nation. We at WACT are proud to have some former beneficiaries of our scholarship scheme in our organisation today. Through hard work and diligence, they are well regarded in their respective fields.”
Zafar said that this year, WACT has adopted a new approach to selecting the beneficiaries of its yearly tertiary scholarship awards.
He said the new approach was adopted to reflect WACT’s aspiration of observing transparency, inclusivity, and visibility for all in its relations with the host communities.
“This is just the beginning of a plan to further develop our youths to be self-reliant in fields that are highly relevant in our rapidly changing digital world,” he said.
He commended the host communities for their cooperation and assured them of a sustained cordial relationship.
The Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University, Prof. Nlerum Sunday Okogbue, who was represented at the scholarship award ceremony by Prof. Henry C. Amadi, commended the management of WACT for its commitment to promoting education and leadership development among youths in the host communities.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the scholarships to develop rewarding careers for themselves.
Also speaking at the event, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to France, Ambassador Spiff M.K. Taribo-Amgbara, charged the beneficiaries to make good use of the rare opportunity and transform into good leaders that will contribute to transforming society.
The scholarship presentation ceremony was attended by the representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and leaders of the host communities, among others.