The MTN Foundation said the company has invested about N90 million on visually impaired students’ education in the past few years.
The MTN Foundation (MTNF) Scholarship Scheme for visually impaired students is aimed at providing academic scholarship annually to eligible students in accredited public tertiary institution across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. Currently in its fourth phase, MTNF has awarded scholarships to 451 new and returning awardees. Under the scheme, each beneficiary receives scholarship worth N200, 000 annually.
Recently, over 50 of the students graduated from the Federal College of Education, Special, Oyo State through the scholarship from the foundation.The graduates were awarded the scholarship, which covered tuition and book allowances for one year, and was renewable after maintaining a Cumulative Grade Point Average, CGPA of 2.5, after successfully undergoing the selection exercise conducted across the country.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms Nonny Ugboma, who was represented by MTN’s Regional Trade Marketing Manager, South-West, Akinolu Oludiran commended the students for their resilience and charged them to take advantage of the training they had received as they pursue other goals in life.
“We enhanced Phase Three of the scheme by including an employability training, which will prepare the beneficiaries for the labour market on graduation. The workshop content included, contemporary ICT skills, JAWS Software training, motivational talks and employment opportunities for blind students,” Oludiran said.
Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Akinwale Goodluck, commended the beneficiaries for the zeal they showed all through the programme, noting that education is pivotal to the growth and development of any nation and everyone deserves equal access to it.