No fewer than thirty five computer science students of the Nigerian Computer Society will today receive sixteen million naira ( N16 million ) scholarship funding from Jim Ovia Information Communication Technology, ICT, funding.
The successful students, according to NCS, have satisfied the selection process for the award of the scholarship for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The Jim Ovia ICT Foundation is aimed at preparing young students for the modern day work-place, business opportunities, and sharpen their entrepreneurship skills.
NCS had last year instituted the scholarship prorammge to assist its members pursue critical research programmes for the advancement of the Nigerian ICT ecosystem. .
Speaking to Technology Journalists at the ongoing Nigerian Computer Society, NCS, national conference and exhibition holding in Abuja, the Chairman of education and Manpower committee of NCS, Rogba Adeoye disclosed that five candidates selected in the Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D) category are expected to receive seven hundred and fifty thousand naira, (N750,000.00) each.
Similarly, in the Master of Science, (M.sc) category, the ten selected candidates are expected to receive five hundred and fifty thousand naira only, (N550,000.00) each.
In the under graduate category, he further disclosed that the twenty selected candidates are expected to receive three hundred and fifty thousand (N350,000,00) each respectively.
“We are passionate about capacity building. We will continue to promote IT education development and research in the Nigerian universities. The future belongs to the youths. The future begins today. This is the time to plant the seed. It is time Nigeria begins to plug low hanging technology fruits” he explained.
The chairman and founder of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, who announced the award during 2015 NCS National Information Technology Merit Awards, NITMA, had told the gathering that the foundation would sponsor twenty students in Bachelor of Science, degree, ten students in Master of Science, degree and five students in Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD. respectively.
He assured that seed fund will be a life time affair as long as NCS and the foundation continue to exist.
According to him, after graduation, Zenith Bank and Cyberspace will employ best performing candidates during the programme.
He assured that the foundation will continue to support youth engagement in ICT, adding that he will continue to invest in untapped potentials of the Nigeria youths who he believed have the capacity to compete globally if given the opportunity.
“We support the use of ICT whenever and wherever possible to enhance the standard of living of the society and increase human efficiency. Our long-term goal is to put ICT into our education policy ensuring progressive and continuous learning.
“Therefore, we will see to the sponsorship of the NCS scholarship programme as far as God gives us life. The best candidates are stand the chance to either work in Zenith Bank or Cyberspace”, he said