The Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc., Jim Ovia, has vowed to give N15.75million to fund the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) scholarship awards in year 2020.
This is in line with Ovia’s commitment at the National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) 2015 where he donated N15.75million to the scheme in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now again in 2020.
Every year, since 2016 35 students of computer and IT related courses who are members of NCS, benefit from the scheme.
Speaking during a press conference to announce activities for this year’s NITMA, the President of NCS, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, said, “The amazing Mr Jim Ovia has again funded scholarship awards this year as always every year to 35 students studying Computer and IT related courses in Nigeria Universities.
“In line with his commitment at the 2015 NITMA event, he committed N15.75million to the scheme in 2016,2017,2018,2019 and now again in 2020.
“The entire NCS membership is grateful for his kind, noble and generous heart.
“His dedication to IT education and human capital building is undeniable and worthy of emulation. May God continue to keep and bless him”.
Speaking further on NITMA 2020, he said that Interest Groups of NCS will also present their awards within their areas.
“IT is critical to enabling economic recovery and growth as well as achieving sustainable development. All who desire progress should work with NCS to recognize, honour and reward those that are doing great work. The society not just NCS should reward them for their impact, service and untiring efforts.
“We must encourage those in our environment who are using their knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness to develop local tech solutions that are so essential to the drive for socio economic, growth, recovery and development. NCS calls on you to celebrate them because this is about progress and the future of our nation.
“The NITMA event is a strong and purposeful indication of our commitment to celebrating talent and highlighting the innovation, excellence, vision, and dedication of individuals and organizations within the IT industry and community.
“NCS appreciates all its members and strategic partners who have been supporting the realization of the NCS mission and vision. The media comes in for special mention. You are to be saluted for your interest and commitment to this most worthy cause”, he said.