Agbami co-venturers donate hybrid library to CMS Grammar School
To improve reading, research and entrench the culture of information technology among Nigerian students, Agbami Co-venturers, which comprises a group of companies in the oil and gas sector have donated a hybrid library to CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos.
The facility, a fully air-conditioned storey building, furnished with computers and other technological equipment, is a combination of the conventional book library and electronic library.
Partners in the Agbami Co-venturers include National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS); Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited; Statoil Nigeria Limited; Famfa Oil Limited, Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited.
According to the Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing, the donation of the hybrid library is part of the social investment plan of the firms targeted at improving technological advancement in Nigerian schools.
Ewing, represented by the Manager, Depots and Assets, Star Deepwater, Henrietta Ebo, hinted that the co-venturers aligned on the view that education remains the key to unlocking the potentials of Nigerian youths and developing their capacity for societal relevance.
“The drive behind our education support strategy is towards improved access to education for all Nigerians through donations of electronic libraries, science laboratory complexes and scholarships. The donation is another demonstration of the co-venturers’ determined efforts to provide young Nigerians access to qualitative education.”
Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Jonathan Okehs, remarked that the scheme was a demonstration of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) long-term commitment to supporting the health, education and social development of the people.
Okehs, who was represented by Mallam Ahmed Abdullahi, said so far the collaboration has witnessed the handing over of 10 units of hybrid libraries to 10 secondary schools across the country, adding that the partners believed the libraries would help raise the standard of education in the country.
Chairman, Famfa Oil Limited, Mr. Modupe Alakija, who was represented by Mr. Deji Alakija, remarked that the overall aim of the project was to help develop technical the skills of Nigerian youths, create employment and ensure better livelihood for citizens.
In his response, Principal of the school, Venerable Tunde Oduwole, described the library as one very uncommon project from where the school can drive its teaching and learning activities.
He said the project would ensure that contemporary youths aligned with the world and be globally competitive to fit in everywhere they go.
Oduwole described library as being key to any educational institution, “as it is the secret place and sanctuary of knowledge, where we dip and dig out knowledge.”