The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has launched a computer-based assessment of 5,000 aspirants hailing from the Niger Delta region. These hopefuls are vying for the coveted spots in NDDC’s esteemed Foreign Postgraduate Scholarship programme.
This development was unveiled by the NDDC Director, Education, Health, and Social Services, George Uzonwanne, at the Information and Communication Technology Centre of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, the venue for the assessments. He revealed that the portal for the Foreign Postgraduate Scholarship programme witnessed an overwhelming response, with over 20,000 graduates registering, out of which 5,000 were shortlisted for the assessment.
The scholarship initiative, which took flight in 2010, aims to mold top-tier professionals equipped with technical acumen, capacity, and expertise to make their mark in the oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors. Since its inception, the NDDC has proudly sponsored 2,708 scholars at both the Masters and Ph.D. levels.
The candidates for the computer-based test, representing all nine Niger Delta states, underwent a series of rigorous test sessions spread over three days. The eligibility criteria for the scholarship mandate that a scholar must originate from the Niger Delta region and possess a First Class Degree, Second Class Upper, or Lower Division.