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PTDF shortlists 3,237 candidates for in-country scholarship

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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF,, says it has shortlisted 3, 237 candidates for interview under its In-Country Scholarship Scheme, ISS, for Masters and PhD award categories.

Violet Ogbomo, Head, In-country Scholarship Scheme, PTDF, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja at the inauguration of the five-day selection interview for shortlisted candidates for 2021/2022 academic session.

The scheme is one of the scholarship programmes of the PTDF designed to provide Nigerian students with the requisite intellectual abilities and skill sets.

PTDF sponsors students/awardees in all major disciplines related to oil, energy and gas industries, including engineering, geosciences, environmental studies, computing and management.

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The skills help the candidates to participate actively in Nigeria’s oil, energy, and gas industry after their studies in federal universities across the country.

Mrs Ogbomo said the scheme covered scholarship and sponsorship to train eligible Nigerians in Federal Universities across the country.

She said that 2,885 candidates had been shortlisted for the Masters while 352 candidates for the Phd category across the six geo-political zones in the country.

“It is taking place simultaneously in other locations including Bayero University Kano, University of Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

She said the candidates were also given opportunity to choose centres closest to them for the interview and also for the virtual interview.

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“Each day we are expected to interview an average of 353 candidates in each of the five centres apart from Enugu, which has fewer number of candidates that subscribed to that location.

“The decision of the number to be taken is left for the management to take at the end of the exercise,’’ she said.

Mrs Ogbomo further said that the panelists were selected based on competence and were expected to display professionalism, commitment and equity to all the candidates that would appear before them.

“Presently we have officials from the Federal Character Commission too, and therefore they are in all the centres to monitor the interview,’’ she said.

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Some of the candidates expressed optimism to get to the final selection in view of the scheme’s importance.

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