By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—THE Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, disclosed, yesterday, that it has expended N606 million on skill acquisition, health and educational materials between 2016 and 2017 to host communities in Niger Delta.
Manager, Community Relations of NPDC, Mr Dahiru Abubakar, stated this during the presentation of science libraries to junior and senior secondary schools in Edo, Delta and Rivers states.
While disclosing that N92 million would be spent on scholarship awards in 2018, Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Noble Imabibo, said a total of 8,540 benefitted from the oil company scholarship awards between 2016 and 2017.
According to him, while the NPDC paid N246 million to 6,784 beneficiaries from Edo, Delta and Imo states in 2016, 1,756 beneficiaries were paid N60.4 million in 2017.
He attributed the drop in the total amount paid out in 2017 to the handover of OMLs 26, 34, and 42 to Asset Management Teams, AMTs, and OML 30 to a new operator.
Presenting the science libraries to the 16 selected schools from the three Niger Delta states, Managing Director, NPDC, Mr Yusuf Matashi, represented by Mr Ugo Atugbokoh, Manager, Community Relations and Security, explained that the need to provide the libraries is because the NPDC understands the importance of education in building strong, progressive and peaceful communities.
He said: ”One of our primary objectives in the partnership is to encourage education and knowledge.
“This project was, therefore, conceived to meet the needs of secondary schools in our host communities, which may not have access to the latest books on science and technology subjects.
“Some of the books are for junior secondary schools students to inspire early interest in the study of science subjects while others are for senior secondary students.”
“We selected books with lots of colourful illustrations to captivate interest and make learning easy and interesting,” he stated