Chevron’s projects to boost community empowerment
VARIOUS projects initiated by Chevron are aimed at boosting the ability of local communities and individuals to participate in the oil and gas sector, the Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts, Jeffrey Ewing has said.
Speaking in Abuja Tuesday at the handover of a science laboratory complex donated to Government College Makurdi, Benue State, he explained that some undergraduates of Benue state extraction are beneficiaries of the Agbami medical and engineering scholarship programme.
“Apart from the the science laboratories we are handing over today, several projects by the Co-venturers are either on-going or completed across the country. The projects, mainly chest clinics, libraries and science laboratories constitute an aspect of the strategic interventions by the Agbami co-venturers. We also built and donated 24 fully equipped, modern science laboratory complexes and also trained laboratory technologists and science teachers to run these facilities across Nigeria,” he stated.
Ewing, who was represented by Sam Otuonye of Agbami Co-venturers, also hinted that in addition to the science laboratories, Chevron has also implemented awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases in several communities across the six-geopolitical zones in the country while the medications were also made available to the people of such communities.
He added: “The co-venturers have also instituted specialised educational scholarship programme in support of health and engineering manpower development in Nigeria through targeted support for medical, nursing, laboratory sciences and engineering students.”