Ajibola Olubando, a postgraduate student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has emerged winner of the Lebanese Nigeria Initiative (LNI) scholarship scheme, defeating fifteen other contestants and which has left him as the first Nigerian postgraduate student to enjoy the scholarship.
Speaking during the unveiling of the first LNI Scholarship programme which was held in Lagos, Consul General of Lebanon, Elias Nicolas stated, “LNI scholarship will further strengthen our existing friendly relations and add to other economic and social development contributions of Lebanese community in Nigeria”.
According to Nicholas, the Lebanese community in Nigeria has always seen itself as part of the social fabric commited to educational upliftment of young Nigerians.
He commended the efforts of the Chairman of LNI, Mr. Faisal El-Khalii and other members of the scholarship board of trustees, saying that their hard work had made it successful.
“Based on multilingual, cosmopolitan and social environment, Lebanon accommodates several international recognized higher education institutions.
“Many high calibre minds, scientists and high profile politicians, including heads of states and prime ministers around the Middle East and beyond were graduates of the AUB and other Lebanese universities.
“Now, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Olubando as the first Nigerian postgraduate student that has been selected for the scholarship this year, after a long and highly competitive process,” he stated.
The scholarship recipient, Olubando, a seconf class upper graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineering expressed profound gratitude to the management of LNI for the kind and rare gesture.
“The knowledge I will gain would be used to impact the economy of Nigeria, since MBA gives the opportunity to learn various business skills.
“I look forward to impacting on society through this knowledge and work experience since I have the opportunity to learn in one of the top universities in the world,” he stated.