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Friday, October 9, 2015

United Kingdom-based Chevening Scholarship REMOVES Diezani Alison-Madueke from Scholarship list #HNNImpact

The United Kingdom-based Chevening Scholarship has pulled down the name of embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from its list of female achievers.

Chevening is an international scholarship scheme, which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories, to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the UK.

According to Sahara Reporters, Diezani, after receiving a Chevening scholarship in 2002, attended Cambridge University for her MBA and then returned to Nigeria where she became the first female Executive Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company.

After emerging as the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria and the first female President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Chevening on its website, listed her as one of its best female alumni in commemoration of the March 8 International Women’s Day.

The report says Diezani was listed among other international and accomplished women like the Vice President, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Wang li; a former Minister for Social Development in Jordan, Hala Bsaisu Lattouf; and a Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Hertzegovina, Denisa Sarajlic-Maglic.

After recognising Diezani as one of its best alumni, Chevening had stated on its website that “We are proud of all our alumni who carry Chevening values with them through their careers, and on this day, we take special delight in recognising and applauding just some of the many women associated with Chevening across the world who work tirelessly to bring about positive change.

“We hope that the trail they are blazing will empower the next generation of young female leaders to ‘make it happen’ on an even bigger scale in the years to come.”

However, following Diezani’s recent arrest by the UK’s National Crime Agency along with five other people on allegation of bribery and corruption offences, Chevening delisted her name from its website but retained the names of its other ‘celebrated women.’

Finding by the news medium on Thursday showed that Diezani’s name had indeed been pulled down from their website.

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