By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Palm Oil Plantation Head Asia/Africa, PZ Wilmer, Mr. Pak Simon Siburat, said the company has spent N6.1 million to offer scholarships to indigenes of host communities in tertiary institutions in the country.
Siburat made this disclosure while speaking at batch four of the scholarship programme of the company at Mbarakom in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River state.
According to him, this falls in line with its corporate social responsibility services to hosts communities.
The scholarship, he said, started since 2014 and had been sustained till date “adding that the idea behind it is to help improve the standard of education of indigenes within th3 catchment areas of its operations”.
“We are on the right part. You should use this golden opportunity to excel yourselves and become useful to the communities you represents, he advised”.
Siburat therefore on behalf of the management and staff of the company congratulated the awardees and wished that successes in their future endeavours.
In his remarks, the general manager, Mr. Nicholas Boniface Ahoy, regretted that since the programme commenced, there has not been one single student showing interest in agriculture or plantation discipline in their areas of studies.
He urged them to develop interest in agriculture so as to be in a position to understudy what is going on in the palm oil plantations in Cross River state.
PZ Wilmer, he said, is getting alot of investment on the plantations, adding “Nigeria ranks the sixth position in the world in Palm oil. We are driving it and we shall do more in the next few years”.
Ahoy therefore charged them to study hard and come out in flying colours so as to take up manager positions in the plantations.
Earlier, the chains of the scholarship board, Prof. Arikpo B. Arikpo, lauded the company for doling out scholarships to indigenes of host communities.
He enjoined the awardees not to let both their communities/the company down but must devote time for their studies to excel.
He called on them to be dedicated
in their studies to justify the huge expenditure by PZ Wilmer on them.
Also speaking, the representative of the state commissioner of education, Elder Johnson Ugbor , warned them against joining cult groups while in school, adding “it will amount to a disgrace if you let your communities/company down by not graduating for reasons best known to you”.
Mr. Asiya Ephraim, on behalf of the awardees, reassured their parents and management of PZ Wilmer that “the sky is their limit as far as the scholarship is concerned”.
The host communities are located in Biase, Akamkpa, Odukpani and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River State.