ABUJA – Former Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, on Monday, said that his foundation, Africa Initiative for Governance, AIG, will fund 25 Masters Degree scholarships in Public Policy as part of a new five-year partnership with University of Oxford, which is based on the shared purpose of building good governance and public leadership in Nigeria.
He disclosed this in a statement signed by his media consultant, Moyo Aderemi, ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Initiative’s Panel of Advisors which include; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Dean of the Lagos Business School, Dr. Enase Okonedo; Alhaji Abubakar B. Mahmoud, Ernest Chukwudi Ebi, Segun Adeniyi, Yemisi Ayeni, and Ken Ofori-Atta.
According to Aig-Imoukhuede, the initiative which will have five Nigerians funded every year for Masters Degree scholarships in Public Policy at the renowned Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK from 2017 – 2021 is an intervention aimed at tackling Nigeria’s challenge of poor public sector leadership.
He said: “The AIG Scholarship initiative is scalable interventions aimed at tackling Africa’s intractable challenge of poor public sector leadership. I am confident that our partnership with Oxford University’s prestigious Blavatnik School will become fertile ground for growing future statesmen and women who will change the African continent for good.
“The initiative brings together proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding into a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector.
“The AIG believes that the high-calibre individuals trained at the Blavatnik School will drive best practice standards of governance across Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.
“The scholarships will be available to those who can demonstrate academic excellence, proven leadership and commitment to public service and who intend to return to the public sector in Africa after completing their studies.
“The AIG Scholarships will have an initial focus on candidates from Nigeria and Ghana, allowing the students to study for a Master of Public Policy (MPP) alongside classmates from across the globe.
“I encourage anyone who believes that they fit the profile for these scholarships to apply.”