Five Nigerians and one Ghanaian have won the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG)’s fully-funded scholarship programme.
The winners are Emokiniovo Akpughe (Nigeria), Efosa Trevor Edobor (Nigeria), Abdul-Fatawu Z. Hakeem (Ghana), Chukwunonso Iheoma (Nigeria), Oluwapelumi Simpson (Nigeria) and Emmanuel Taiwo (Nigeria).
According to a statement from AIG,five scholarships are made available every year to outstanding West Africans from all backgrounds who are passionate about the public sector, to study for Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford.
After graduation, the AIG Scholars are expected to return home to apply their learning experience as change agents in the public sector.
For the ainugural edition, the AIG is sponsoring a six person bringing the total number of AIG Scholarships awarded in the year to six.
”We are pleased to support our six AIG Scholars in their aspiration to acquire the skills and experience that will enable them elevate their capabilities and contribute meaningfully to the development of their nations,” said Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, AIG Founder and Chairman. “These outstanding, young Africans will return home after their studies as high-performing public servants.”
In June 2016, AIG signed a partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, based on a shared vision of improving the world through good governance and public leadership.
Under the partnership, AIG will fund five scholarships for graduate study at BSG over the next five years.
“AIG’s vision is to be a catalyst for public sector transformation – we work with governments, academic institutions and other partners in order to achieve this goal,” said Ms. Chienye Ogwo, Chief Executive Officer of AIG. “We believe that real economic growth in Africa can only be sustained on the backbone of a dynamic and vigorous public sector. Enhancing competencies, therefore, is an indispensable lever for the achievement of this transformation.”
Story from The Nation.