By Michael Eboh
Texaco Outer Shelf Limited, TENOS, a Chevron company and its partner in Oil Mining Lease 132, the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) have vowed to continue to invest in the development of the Nigeria’s educational sector, by providing state-of-the-art facilities for a number of schools across the country.
To this end, the companies have donated a fully equipped hybrid library to aid learning in Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Dekina Kogi State.
The facility is furnished with workstations that are connected to a main internet server, books and bookshelves, reading tables and chairs, broadband internet server, water supply system and a generating set to provide constant electricity to the facility.
Speaking during a symbolic handover of the library to the Kogi State Government in Abuja, Mr. Umaru Ribadu, a Director in Chevron Nigeria, said the decision to build the library for the school, which was established in 1932, was taken after due diligence on its needs were conducted and it qualified as the beneficiary.
He explained that the donation was part of TENOS’ social investments in education in the country, adding that over the years, TENOS which operates the OML 132, with its partners, NAPIMS, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, have committed to supporting qualitative education in Nigeria.
Ribadu said the project is the outcome of partnership involving Kogi State government, the school, Dekina community, the local contractor and the project manager.
Also speaking, the Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, a Chevron company, Mr. Jeffry Ewing, said Chevron has committed itself over the years to ensuring qualitative education in Nigeria through initiatives such as the annual national and community scholarships programs.
Ewing, who was represented by Mr. Sam Otuonye, Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron, disclosed that the company and its Agbami partners — Star Deepwater, Famfa Oil, Statoil, Petrobras and the NNPC have instituted specialized educational scholarship programmes in support of science and manpower development in Nigeria.