By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The N130 million Mini-Geoscience Workroom donated to the Geo-Sciences Department, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, by ExxonMobil, has been commissioned.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Manager Deepwater, Production Geos-cience, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, Mr. Andrew Ejayeriese, said the equipment was nothing different from the ones currently in use in the oil industry.
â€œThe cost of setting up the workroom is N130 million. These include the cost of construction, furnishing, hardware, software, training, transportation and other associated personnel costs,â€ Ejayeriese said.
He warned that â€œconsidering the enormous amount of money spent on the project, it is critical that this workroom must be properly maintained.â€
Ejayeriese also appealed that owing to the unavoidable movement or change of jobs by lecturers, the Department should immediately employ a Geo-Technician, whose duties will be to master the usage of the machine, and provide long term support to students.