As part of its effort in capacity building and assisting in training high level Nutrition and Dietetic manpower in the country, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie, recently awarded 12 Msc students of Nutrition and Dietetic from several universities spread across the country, with scholarship worth N5.4million in its yearly MSc Nutrition Award.
Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony, the Brand Manager, Indomie, Mr. Amber Yadav stated that the Dufil Msc Nutrition scholarship scheme was a cause the brand was pleased to be associated with, as it served as a means of giving back to the society, as it would drive improved development in the food sector.
Also speaking at the event, the Group Public Relations and Event Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju re-emphasized that Dufil was a socially responsible brand that is committed to the development of improved expertise in the field of nutrition, in which the brand is a major player. “Aside from the company’s desire to build manpower and impact positively in the health sector, owing to the fact that a lot of sicknesses and diseases are caused by malnutrition and intake of the wrong diet, Dufil is recognized as one of the foremost health-friendly food companies in Nigeria, and in order to maintain this, the organization would need the services of well-trained nutritionists and dietitians, which we hope this initiative will go a long way in achieving.”
The coordinator of the Dufil M.Sc. Nutrition Award, Prof. Tunde Oguntona, of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, commended Dufil Prima Foods for sponsoring the scholarship award, which he said had recorded huge success and growth since its inception in 2009. Explaining the aim of the scholarship, Prof. Oguntona said the scheme is meant to promote the study of Nutrition in Nigeria.
The 12 recipients of the scholarship grant, which were drawn from a pool of over a hundred entries received nationwide, came from five different universities, twelve different states that cut across the six geo-political zones of the country. The awardees were encouraged to be committed to their studies. Each of the awardees received a total sum of N450, 000, covering tuition, research grant, study materials and stipend for the duration of their Post-graduate programme.