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Enugu government, Oxford varsity unveil Coal City Fellowship

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[FILES] Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Photo: LEAKBLAST


Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State has unveiled Coal City Fellowship, an innovative platform to enable young minds in the state to harness their intellectual potential and achieve their life’s aspirations.

The initiative, which is through the State Scholarship and Education Loans Board (ESSELB), is in partnership with Oxford University (African Society).

Unveiling the fellowship, the Executive Secretary of ESSELB, Uche Abonyi, in a joint statement with Godwin Nwangele of Oxford University (African Society), disclosed that the programme was as a result of the premium the state government placed on quality education.

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They explained that the programme “is an exclusive student fellowship that will absorb and work with the most driven young minds from the South East region of Nigeria, providing them with information, mentorship, financial and all-around support to take their careers to the next level.”

The statement added that the fellowship would arm the potential fellows with TGI’s five spokes of excellence: having a big picture, building self, creating social impact, building relationships, and being approachable.

It disclosed that the above concepts would reflect all through the Fellowship and discussions to achieve and provide access to information required for academic success.

The programme recognises the need to help bright young minds develop because it is crucial to unlocking their potential, they stressed. According to the statement, the fellowship, in line with its objective, will create enabling environment for students to gain quality education at any world-class university.

“Coal City fellows will have full access to information on globally available academic opportunities. We will provide world-class mentorship within students’ areas of interest to help them visualise success in their fields and give them the extra nudge to succeed,” it added.

Announcing that application for the fellowship commenced on Sunday, April 25, 2021, to end on May 25, 2021, the statement advised indigenes of Enugu in their undergraduate studies in a recognised Nigerian university, to utilise the opportunity and apply to be part of the unique community of thought leaders, academics and system innovators.

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