Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Nigeria’s No.1 children favourite meal, Indomie Instant Noodles has announced the commencement of their 2013 Indomie National Post Graduate Nutrition Scholarship Awards which is a focal part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiative in the area of educational empowerment in Nigeria.
The 2013 edition of the Indomie MSC Nutrition Scholarship Awards is the Fifth edition of the laudable CSR initiative of the company which was instituted in 2009 for Nigerian students studying Nutrition and Dietetics at masters’ degree level with the aim of assisting the training of high level Nutrition and Dietetics manpower in the country.
According to Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, the Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, the Scholarship Scheme was initiated due to the fact that the company identified a wide knowledge gap in Nutrition and Dietetics and as such decided to take the challenge to build man power capacity in that regards.
He also stated that the company is collaborating with select Nigerian Universities in the training and empowerment of high level Nutrition and Dietetics professionals, who in turn will produce a significant number of highly trained nutritionists that will guide the way for optimum nutrition for all Nigerians.
“The Scholarship is open to all Nigerian students qualified for admission to undergo the M.Sc programme in Nutrition and Dietetics in Nigerian Universities. The nation needs a boost in the area of healthy living among the citizens therefore nutrition plays a major role in ensuring that the citizens of this great nation are in good health and perfect condition” he said.
Ashiwaju further stressed that the importance of eating healthy and a well prepared balanced diets cannot be overemphasized. According to him, certain health conditions like diabetes require strict diets that must be adhered to, thus the need to ensure that the potentials of the Nutritionists and Dietitians are maximally utilized.
On the eligibility for the scholarship, Ashiwaju said “the scholarship is open to all Nigerian students qualified for admission to MSC programme in Nutrition and Dietetics within the Nigerian University environment. Awards will be made to qualified and suitable students from every geopolitical zone of the Federation including the FCT.”
He advised eligible candidates to apply in writing providing their full names (surname first); a copy of letter of admission into the programme (or photocopy of Application for Admission); details of educational history and evidence of state of origin obtained from the appropriate Local Government Area and duly signed by the Chairman or Secretary) all enclosed in an A4 enveloped and should be marked ‘APPL 2013 AWARD’ on the top left corner addressed to the Co-ordinator, DUFIL-NUTRITION, AWARDS PROGRAMME, P.O. Box 1983 SAPON, ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com on or before February 28, 2013
Also speaking on the Scholarship Award, Co-ordinator of the programme Prof. Babatunde Oguntona urged eligible candidates to take full advantage of the scheme which he said will prepare them for expertise in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. He called the scheme a rare opportunity and commended DUFIL Prima Foods for its contribution towards the society.
It should be noted that the Indomie M.Sc Nutrition Scholarship started in 2009 and has been occurring every year after that. This year makes it the 5th edition of the laudable Scholarship Award.