APM Terminals Apapa has granted scholarships to over 200 Nigerian students across various universities and polytechnics in Nigeria since 2011.
The Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa, Andrew Dawes said every year, 50 students in Nigerian tertiary institutions benefit from the scholarship scheme, including an opportunity for an Industrial Attachment placement for the top 14 performing beneficiaries.
Speaking after cheques were presented to the 50 beneficiaries of the scheme for this year, Dawes said the scholarship and industrial training programme were instituted as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“Our CSR seeks active community involvement in every location in which APM Terminals operate; in both developing and economically developed countries. The scheme will afford beneficiaries the opportunity to acquire world class training and development with APM Terminals Apapa Limited.
“The beneficiaries who did their internship with us also have the opportunity to join APM Terminals after graduation,” Dawes said.
“The exposure and experience I acquired during the IT is one I will cherish for life,” said one of the beneficiaries, Okhale Abraham of Auchi Polytechnic.
Fidelis Ekeocha of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron said, “It was a great privilege to have the opportunity of doing my IT at APM Terminals Apapa. The work environment and culture are awesome. I feel I have been set on the right pedestal. This is one place I would love to work in future.”
APM Terminals Apapa is the largest container facility by capacity of the three serving Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and business center. With a container throughput of 700,000 TEUs in 2014, APM Terminals Apapa is the busiest container terminal in the West African Region, handling 50% of Nigeria’s inbound containers. A 350 million USD investment and expansion program since 2006 by APM Terminals Apapa has resulted in container volumes more than doubling and productivity increasing significantly, with waiting time for vessel berthing eliminated. Regular rail service, running three times per week to the inland cities of Kaduna, 730 km (455 miles) from Lagos, and Kano, 960 km (600 miles) distant, was also established in August 2013.
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