Management of Dorben Polytechnic, Abuja has awarded 10 scholarship opportunities to Akwa Ibom indigenes wishing to study in the institution.
Chairman, Dorben Polytechnic, Dr. Akpan Ekwere disclosed this recently when the executive committee members of Akwa Ibom Community, Abuja, who visited him at his Bwari office.
Dr. Ekwere explained that the scholarship would only be given to candidates of Akwa Ibom extraction who would like to study any course of his or her choice either at the National Diploma or at Higher National Diploma level in Dorben Polytechnic, saying 10 scholarships have been approved for Akwa Ibom community in Abuja.
Ekwere stated this while responding to an address by the President of Akwa Ibom Community, Comrade Tommy Etim Okon, who led the committee, said he has given over 26 scholarship to students to study in the polytechnic, universities and teachers’ colleges across the country.
According to him, the scholarship covered only tuition. He said, “for you to access the scheme, you have to buy the form and process it and that is all, stressing that the scholarship is limited to only candidates seeking admission for polytechnic education.
On community relations, Ekwere, who is also the proprietor of the school said as part of its corporate social responsibility activities, Dorben Polytechnic has awarded several scholarships to indigenes of the community who are qualified to further their education.
“Large numbers of community members are employed in various departments of the institution, the institution also awarded contracts to the able and skilled indigenes of the community,” saying Dorben Polytechnic usually gives medical check-up and subsequent treatment to Garam, (the host community) members.
He commended the executive members of the Akwa Ibom Community for taking their time out from their busy schedule to visit him and described the Community as a ‘wonderful association’.
“This is wonderful association, they have good plans, wonderful ideas and that is why I would associate myself with the group. What the leadership is doing is wonderful, I urge every Akwa Ibom indigene in the territory to identify with the association and work for its greatness,” Ekwere added.
Earlier, the President, Akwa Ibom Community in Abuja, Comrade Okon told the proprietor, Dr Ekwere, that they were in his office to praise his efforts as an Akwa Ibom indigene to turnaround the fortunes of the polytechnic as well as his chain business initiatives.
In his remark, Vice President of the Community, Mr. Aniefiok Ibah, gave kudos to the management of Dorben Polytechnic and described the institution as a ‘city’.
“We came in here, we saw a city. Indeed, we are very proud of you. This institution will grow even beyond the envy of the international community; all the challenges confronting you as regard to the success of this institution and other businesses, the God will intervene.”

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