The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Bello Gisau, has advised 148 people selected for the 2019 overseas PhD programme to focus on researches that would address the challenges in the oil and gas industry.
The PhD scholars were admitted into various universities in United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Giving the charge Wednesday at the induction programme for the beneficiaries, the Executive Secretary advised them to be focused, diligent and always display qualities of integrity while on study.
“You are here because you have been selected after a rigorous process that looked at your earlier academic work and your statement of purpose.
“At PhD level, we are not interested in your skills, we are particular with your research work and we charge you to focus on the ones that can tackle interesting challenges.
“Put in your best, appreciate the opportunity the country has given to you by selecting you to be a beneficiary among multitude of applicants, “he said.
He assured that PTDF would support the scholars to have a smooth stay abroad while on study.
Gusau stated that the fund working with scarce resources may not be able to support anyone who could not finish it’s programme at the stipulated time.
“You must appreciate the fact that the country is supporting you, therefore, you must strive to give something back in return.
“Wherever you find yourself, respect the rules and regulations of the country and institutions you are going to be.
“Go the extra mile to leave a positive impression as good ambassadors of Nigeria, “he said.
Different speaker gave speech aimed at bringing the rules and regulations of the scholarship to the consciousness of the beneficiaries.
Earlier in his presentation, Special Adviser to the Director General of the Nigeria Orientation Agency,(NOA), Mr David Akoji, advised scholars to uphold the seven ethics as stipulated in the constitution.
He named the ethics as discipline, integrity, dignity, R=religious tolerance, patriotism and self reliance.
“These ethics are stipulated in Chapter II section 23 of the 1999 constitution and if you hold unto it, you will be outstanding while studying abroad.
“Nigerian is a great country and it our duty as Nigerians to pride ourselves with what we have by representing the country well anywhere you find yourself.
“Being discipline will help you to respect the rules of the country and school of study, ensuring integrity will help you to be honest and exhibit strong moral principle.
“The countries you are going to have various religious pratcises, therefore, you are bound to respect and tolerant people with various religious believe,” he said.
He urged scholars to seek solution to any challenge the come across while on study from the appropriate channel.