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A non-governmental organisation, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) has announced beneficiaries of its 2020/2021 scholarships for young, outstanding West Africans with a passion for public service.

Founded to inspire the transformation of Africa’s public sector, AIG has a vision of a public sector that is effective, value-driven, service-oriented and result-focused.”

In a statement, Founder and Chairman of AIG, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede said to support the attainment of this vision; the group has invested in the development of a critical mass of people who can lead the transformation process.

Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Chienye Ogwo said the annual scholarship selection process attracts exceptional talents with potential for great achievements.

“We are pleased to announce this new cohort of five women and one man, and honoured to support their commitment to public service. Beneficiaries of the fourth round of the scholarship include Adejoke Are, Murjanatu Mohammed Audu, Uchechukwu Nwokediuko, Chioma Oparadike, Folashade Osho and Victoria Udom,”Ogwo stated.

The statement noted that AIG has awarded about five scholarships to talented West Africans from all academic backgrounds to pursue the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford every year, since 2017.

AIG had signed a partnership with the school in June 2016, based on a shared vision of improving the world through good governance and public leadership. It also awards the AIG Fellowships to outstanding senior public service officials from West Africa. To date, 25 men and women have benefited from AIG scholarships and Fellowships.

One of the 2020 AIG scholars and a first-class graduate of Law from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Murjanatu Mohammed Audu, while commenting on the award said: “I am grateful for the opportunity AIG has given me. I have a passion for public service and believe in my ability to lead transformation in the public sector. The scholarship provides me with a platform to build my capacity and contribute to the emergence of an effective and efficient public service in Nigeria.”

Another recipient and first class Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate of Covenant University, Ota, Uchechukwu Nwokediuko said, “I believe the public sector is a platform through which I can make impact at scale. One of the things I hope to gain at the Blavatnik School of Government is a refreshed way of thinking on how to deliver positive change through governance, especially in uncertain and difficult times.”

Meanwhile, the organisation has announced the opening of the application window for the 2021/2022 AIG scholarships. The application window will close on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

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