By EMMA ARUBI
THE management of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company, WRPC, yesterday charged the Ubeji Secondary School Principal and staff in Warri south council area of Delta state to ensure maximum use of the modern science laboratory block donated for the production of scientists and engineers that would lead the country to the desired technological heights.
The science laboratory was built for Ubeji Secondary School , Ubeji, as part of the WRPC’s social responsibility projects for its host communities.
The Managing Director of the WRPC, Simon Itua Ehiemua, who was represented by the WRPC Maintenance Manager, Mr. Omini-Omini Osong, harped on the importance of science education and advised students of the benefiting school to take full advantage of the modern science laboratory by being serious with their studies and avoiding all anti-social vices that tend to have pervaded our schools today.
According to the managing director, “WRPC, indeed NNPC as a corporation investing in science education of our youths is predicated on the fact that science education offers the students the ability to access a wealth of information that will contribute to an overall understanding of how things work the way they do.”
In her response, the Principal of Ubeji Secondary School (Senior Secondary), Mrs. Omawumi Ayu, appealed to the management of the WRPC to help the school further by equipping the laboratory with necessary science learning materials to make it functional.
The representative of the Olu of Warri, Chief Emmanuel Temile, however lamented that the refinery appears to have of policy of not employing indigenes of the Ibeju as their host community.
Temile, who is the ‘Esama of Warri Kingdom’, while thanking the WRPC for the science block, pleaded with the management of the company to intervene in the provision of amenities like potable water as well as the construction of the over 20 years “congested and failed road” in the Ubeji community.
Similarly, the Chairman, Ubeji Community Trust, Hon. Gibson Omatsuli who led executive members of the body to the occasion, decried the levels of degradation of the community, including the pollution of the local creeks due to the activities of the oil companies and demanded that the WRPC should “do more” for the community.