By Dayo Adesulu
We donate principally to assist the government improve the supply of critical books and teaching aids in Nigerian schools and increase teachers’ capacity in using modern techniques to impart the desired knowledge to students,’’ the Director, Star Ultra Deep Petroleum limited, Mr Richard Kennedy has said.
This was stated during the donation and handover of books and teaching aids to Ansar-UD-Deen Comprehensive College, Saint Michael Comprehensive Secondary School, Anglican Grammar School and Iganmode Grammar School, all at Ota, Ogun State.
Kennedy who was represented by Mr Sam Otuoyen quoted Vera Nazarian, an American writer who once said, ‘’whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow more light.’’
He said that access to good books and availability of teaching aids will enhance teaching and learning and learning in the schools and improve students’ grades in both internal and external examinations.
Apart from donation of books and teaching aids to schools in Nigeria, he added that Chevron with its affiliates and Co-venturers has also made significant contributions over the years to raising the standard of education.
On his part, the General Manager, NPIMS/NNPC, Mr Dafe Sejebor ably represented by Mr Helen Nkor explained that the choice of education as an area of intervention in Ogun State by the stakeholders in OML 140 is timely, adding: ‘’Education is like a lamp that provides light in a dark road.’’
According to him, quality education is almost imposible without good books and well-equipped teachers.
‘’Our pride will be to see students from this State go on to become internationally celebrated professionals in whatever field of endeavour they choose,’’ he said. For the Chairman, Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, Chief Reggie Uduhiri in his address said that the company is committed to ensuring Nigerians acquire the necessary education and skills for better life.
He said: ‘’Education and skills acquisition are pivotal to the sustainable development of a country.’’
Meanwhile, the Project Coordinator, Breezebell International Limited, Ms Jane Coker said she was delighted that her dream came through for the beneficiary schools. ‘’I am glad to have executed the project,’’ she stated.