Awardees and some dignitaries at the award ceremony at weekend in Uyo.
Savannah Energy in collaboration with Inoyo Toro Foundation has inaugurated a fully funded scholarship to 50 new undergraduates in private and public Universities.
The Managing Director of Savannah Energy, Mr. Oladapo Durotoye announced the scholarship and internship award at the 16th edition of the Inoyo Toro Annual Teachers Award held at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort at weekend.
He said, “the Savannah Energy Education and Internship Training (SEE-IT) programme is a veritable platform for building a pool of talented Akwa Ibom State students for the future”.
Going down memory lane, Durotoye declared that the Inoyo Toro Foundation’s vision of giving back to society has earned the trust of his organization, which consequently strengthened the partnership birthing a more robust and sustained human capacity development resulting in the inauguration of the SEE-IT programme.
He advised the 50 beneficiaries to utilise and sustain the scholarship through hard work as they would be periodically given opportunities for internship programmes within and outside Nigeria.
On his part, the State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno applauded the strides of the Foundation on its 16th anniversary of impactful commitment to quality education in Akwa Education in Akwa Ibom State and Savannah Energy for its patriotic service to the state.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, averred that his administration is committed to the holistic development of both human capacity and infrastructure of schools as the state government would continue to support great ideals and values such as those of the Inoyo Toro Foundation and its partner Savannah Energy.
One of the awardees, Magnus Udo (centre) displaying his award.
The Governor commended the Savannah Education and Internship Training (SEE-IT) as a strategic driver of human development urging both organizations not to relent in their support towards the advancement of education in Akwa Ibom State.
The Guest Speaker, Mr. Clement Isong Jnr; thanked the sponsors for the well-thought-out scholarship scheme and urged the beneficiaries to be at their premium best.
He commended the Inoyo Toro Foundation on its 16th anniversary of “consistent and sterling service to humanity” and noted that “despite the current harsh economic situation, they have sustained their vision of supporting the advancement of quality education in Akwa Ibom State”.
The Chairman, of the Inoyo Toro Foundation Screening and Award Committee, Prof. Enobong Joshua, who spoke on behalf of the Award Committee enunciated the vision of the Foundation’s commitment to providing quality support and mentorship to teachers in public secondary schools as key to not just improving the quality of teaching but to also reward their efforts.
He asserted that the Foundation’s imitable stride in the past 16 years has been a striving supplement to the efforts of the Akwa Ibom State Government in its pursuit of educational development.
Highpoint of the ceremony, was the award to 14 teachers who won awards in the ‘Teachers Category’ and went home with various cash prizes of N250,000, N150,000 and N100,000 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectfully.
The Grand Mentor Teachers Award sponsored by Savannah Energy, was won by five teachers with a monetary reward of N500,000 to each of the awardees while the Principals Award was won by three Principals and the 1st place winner got N500,000; 2nd place N300,000 and 3rd place N250,000.
The Chairman of the Inoyo Toro Foundation, Mr. Udom Inoyo was one of the top dignitaries of diverse professional bodies and key stakeholders in education that graced the epoch making occasion.