217 Nigerians Get Masters, Doctorate Degree Scholarships from PTDF



On Monday, the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, inducted 217 beneficiaries of its 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 Masters of Science, MSc, and Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, scholarships.

During the ceremony which held in Abuja, Femi Ajayi, Executive Secretary of the PTDF said, that the new beneficiaries had brought the number of recipients of the scholarship programme to 2, 974 since it began in 2000.

According to Ajayi, PTDF has so far sponsored the training of 2,412 MSc students in Petroleum Engineering, Gas Engineering, Geo-Science, Off-Shore Engineering, Geology and other oil and gas-related courses. He said 488 PhD scholars were also trained in relevant fields overseas since the inception of the Fund, adding that some of the old beneficiaries were engaged in the oil and gas industry and the academia.

While explaining that the programme could not hold last year due to financial challenges, Mr. Ajayi commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his timely intervention in providing fund this year. He explained that the prevailing trend in the petroleum industry had exposed the wide gap between technology advances in the global scene and the limited capacity of Nigerian professionals.

He urged beneficiaries of the scheme to be diligent in their studies.


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