Banking and telecommunications guru, Mr Jim Ovia has redeemed his pledge to support the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) scholarship scheme with N16 million worth of scholarship, which will be distributed to benefiaciaries during the upcoming NCS annual National Information Technology Merit Award in November.
Ovia, the Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc and Cyber Space Ltd, who is also a distinguished Fellow of the NCS, had during last year’s edition of NITMA announced to the attendees of the event, which included the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir David Lawal, the largesse of scholarship awards to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) students in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
He also promised automatic employment in Zenith Bank Plc and Cyber Space Ltd to whosoever graduated with second class upper division in ICT. This, according to hm, is to be done annually.
President of the NCS, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, in a statement thanked Mr Jim Ovia, Zenith Bank Plc and Cyber Space Ltd, for the generousity, while also expressing the commitment of the association to the continued development of the ICT sector and the country in general.
The Nigeria Computer Society scholarship’s scheme is one of the corporate responsibilities geared towards mentoring and monitoring Nigeria youths for ICT sustainability. The programme started four years ago and NCS has been yearly awarding scholarship to discerning students across the country based on some established criteria.
As announced by Ovia, the scholarship will be awarded to 5 Ph.D Students, 10 Masters degree students and 20 undergraduate students across all categories of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, covering universities, polytechnics and colleges of education nationwide and students pursuing relevant courses outside the country. Already, beneficiaries for this year’s edition of the scholarship awards have been selected and they included students from universities and polytechnics across the country.