BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA: In fulfilment of its commitment to enhance educational development in Nigeria, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, has commenced the process leading to the disbursement of $12 million it donated for construction of modern engineering laboratories in six elected Nigerian universities.
To this ends, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has signed a Memorandum of Agreement, MOA, with the six benefiting Nigerian universities.
Beneficiary universities under the project titled, NLNG University Support Programme, USP, include, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University Port Harcourt, University of Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Nigeria, Nnsuka.
Each of the university selected from the six geo-political zones will get $2 million to execute the modern laboratories projects which will be equipped with the cutting-edge equipment.
Managing Director of NLNG, Mr. Babs Omotowa while speaking during the signing of the MoA, Friday, in Abuja, explained that “the six universities were selected based on their top position within their geo-political zones, in the ranking by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and other international bodies.
He explained that, “in addition are their long standing contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria, especially, in grooming notable Nigerians who have contributed to national development.
Omotowa, said the signing of Memorandum of Agreement with six universities marks the first milestone in NLNG’s University Support Programme.
He said the Memorandum of Agreement spells out modalities for the execution of the programme, ranging from financing to contracts and procurement as well as safety, quality assurance, quality control and sustainability of the laboratories.
According to him, “our implementation strategy is structured to meet the universities’ technical needs and specification. Comparative advantages and peculiarities of each university were
considered in this strategy and we believe this the best and most efficient model of project delivery.
“We also believe that one result is certain from these processes- the laboratories will be world-class that will spur the development of engineering education and help bring the universities at par with their peers world-wide,” he added.
“NLNG.s University Support Programme is the latest of the company’s pan-Nigeria social investment programmes. Others include the provision of equipment to the University of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and the Braithwaite Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt; and the establishment of Bonny Vocational Centre, an accredited London City and Guilds centre in Nigeria, which produces world class technicians to fill the skills gap in Nigeria.
“The company, in partnership with The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters, instituted The Nigeria Prlze for Science and The Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2004 to honour and encourage excellent innovators and
“The prizes, the largest in Africa, each come with a $100,000 prize money. Nigeria LNG Limited is the most significant arrow-head of the federal government’s quest to eliminate gas flaring and derive value from the country’s 187 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves.
“NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%), and Eni International, N.A, N. V. S. a. r. I 10.4%.”