No fewer than 12 students across Nigerian universities have benefitted from the 2015/2016 session of Dufil M.Sc Nutrition Scholarship Awards .
The initiative which kicked-off in 2009 is one of the numerous corporate social responsibility, CSR projects of Dufil Prima Foods Plc, aimed at supporting and training high level manpower in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics and strictly for Nigerian students studying nutrition and dietetics at the Masters’ degree level.
At the cheque presentation ceremony, Brand Manager of Indomie, Mr. Amber Yadav noted that the company was impressed to have associated with the initiative which afforded it the privilege to give back to the society, most especially, the field of Nutrition and Dietary which the brand was synonymous with.
“Dufil has always associated with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) and this is one of the reasons for focusing on students studying Nutrition and Dietetics as this discipline has a huge impact on our diets and overall health ”, he said.
Also, the Group Public Relations and Events Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju,pointed out that the firm was constantly poised to supporting programmes and ideas which has impact on the health of Nigerians.
He said, “We want to re-write the nutrition template of our dear country and as a brand, we are committed to raising seasoned professionals in this field that can be mentioned globally. We hope that in the nearest future, Nigeria would be able to boast of quality manpower in this field and a huge number of qualified and competent professionals.”
One of the beneficiaries, Ms. Yerimah Akintiyari, a post-graduate student at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, Kaduna State, commended the support which she said was timely. According to her, the gesture would aid her pursuit for adequate knowledge and skill that would be relevant in fighting the scourge of malnutrition in the country.
To qualify for the award, students in the chosen field are expected to send an application which will later be forwarded for screening by notable panel made up of distinguished nutritionists from different parts of the country as well as the coordinator of the scholarship programme , Prof. Babatunde Oguntona; who is also a past President of the NSN and also a Professor of Nutrition & Dietary at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta