By Tony Nyong
Uyo â€” Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited has donated to the Faculty of Engineering, University of Uyo, a new state-of-the-art integrated feedback standard electrical bench equipment worth N17 million
Executive Director of the company, Gloria Essien Danner, who presented the equipment to the university, said the equipment wouldÂ rank the university as one of the best in the country, not only in terms of facilities, but also in the area of manpower development.
Danner said the fabrication of the furniture, installation of the equipment, would guarantee the functionality of the equipment.
She said the company would also train some of the faculty personnel on the use and maintenance of the equipment, addingÂ thatÂ the tools donated to the electrical/electronic depart-ment of the universityÂ would enhance the teaching and learning of courses in the university.
â€œWith these provisions, students of the faculty of engineering now have an edge over most of their counterparts in other univer-sities in Nigeria, as they do not have to wait till they are employed by some hi-tech organizations before they get to see and use such equipmentâ€ she said.
â€œStill in furtherance of promoting qualitative education, we are also hereby presenting 100 copies of text books on mathematics, engineering and statistics which we procured for use in the faculty of engineering libraryÂ to be given out to some students to encourage and reward academic excellence,â€ she said.
To further promote effective teaching and learning in Uniuyo, Mobil management also presented visual equipment, comprising three multimedia projectors, screens and accessories, nine laptops and internet facilities valued at N2.6 million to the school of Basic Medical Sciences.
She thanked the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Akaneren Essien, for successfully moving the institution forward, especially in the recent accreditation of several courses that were de-accredited, promising that the company would continue to assist the university in whatever ways possible.
Earlier, the vice chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Aniedi Ette, said the two faculties, namely Faculty of Basic Medical Science and Faculty of Engineering, have due accreditation by the National Universities Commission.
â€œThe department of electrical/electronic engineering, a major beneficiary of todayâ€™s (yesterday) gesture from Exxon Mobil, played a vital role in the electronic processing. With more encouragements and assistance from corporate organizations like Exxon Mobil, we can do moreâ€.
The university pleaded with Mobil to take up the construction of the second phase of the faculty of science block and also train the technicians and other staff who will be handling the equipment donated to the university.