Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), market leader in the foods and agro-allied sector and owner of the iconic food brand Golden Penny, in collaboration with the George Coumantaros Foundation, has awarded two Nigerians a postgraduate scholarship worth over N33million (€46,800).
The cheque presentation took place on September 23 at the head office, Golden Penny Place, Apapa in Lagos, was attended by the Group’s officials.
The FMN-George Coumantaros Foundation Scholarship scheme is a post-graduate scholarship program in conjunction with the American Farm School (AFS) and Perrotis College in Greece.
The program is designed to afford deserving citizens an opportunity to broaden their horizon and acquire relevant skills and knowledge that can be further reinvested within the Nigerian economy.
The successful candidates for the 2022 FMN-GCF postgraduate scholarship program are Edegbo Simon Ojonugwa, who holds a BSc in Agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Ezeonu Alfred Chukwubuikem, a graduate of Food Engineering from the University of Uyo.
Based on the awardees’ courses of choice, Simon Edegbo will study for MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Management; Alfred Ezeonu will study for MSc in New Food Product and Business Development at the American Farm School, in Greece.
On how FMN has been making positive impacts in the country and the credibility of the selection process, Director, Group Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, Sadiq Usman stated “When we feed the Nation, everyday, our impact goes beyond food processing and provision for Nigerians.
“We also feed possibilities and growth through our CSR and sustainability projects like the FMN – George
Coumantaros Foundation Scholarship Program. We are looking at creating an avenue where Nigerians would acquire knowledge and skills in line with socio-economic demands.
“More so, to ensure that the scholarship program is afforded to most deserving Nigerian students, we ensured that the selection process was transparent and seamless, from the computer-based tests to live interviews with subject matter experts from the American Farm School and Perrotis College. The process was handled with utmost professionalism. Over 900 competitive applications were received but in the long run, the chosen two were able to meet most of the eligibility tests thus their qualification. As a Group, FMN will continue to invest in human capital development to ensure that we all can attain our envisaged future as a nation”.
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