Oil firms restate commitment to improving practical science education


With the realisation that quality science education cannot be achieved without the intervention of good spirited individuals and corporate organisations, Star Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, a Chevron firm and its co-venturers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited and Lukoil, have donated science equipment and teaching aids to four public schools in Ogun State.

The beneficiary schools are Ansar-UD-Deen Comprehensive College, St. Michael Comprehensive Secondary School, Anglican Grammar School and Iganmode Grammar School, while the materials provided to them were science, home economics and ICT laboratory equipment, books and other teaching and learning aids.

The donations, facilitated by Breezebell Management International Limited, according to the partners was aimed at providing students with facilities that would stimulate their interest in science education and enable them to practically observe, manipulate and gain scientific knowledge.

Director, Star Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, Mr. Richard Kennedy, who spoke during the formal presentation to beneficiary schools, said the intervention of the co-venturers was essentially to assist the government in improving the supply of critical books and teaching aids in Nigerian schools, as well as increase teachers’ capacity in the use of modern facilities.

Kennedy, who was represented by the Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron, Mr. Sam Otuonye, said Chevron with its affiliates and co-venturers has over the years made significant contributions towards training of requisite manpower needed for sustainable development.

Stressing that students perform better when exposed to practical learning and regular reading, he said, “Reading takes one from the world of ignorance to the world of intellect. The enlightenment from books does not discriminate against anyone, old or young. We believe access to good books and availability of teaching aids will enhance teaching and learning in the schools and improve students’ grades in internal and external examinations.”

Chairman, Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, Reggie Uduhiri, expressed hope that their support for education and economic empowerment would yield positive impact in the academic performances of students and the nation’s development.

On his part, the Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Mr. Defe Sejebor, said the choice of education, as an area of intervention was timely, as education is like a lamp that provides light in a dark road.

Represented by Mrs. Helen Nkwo, he noted that the partners are also making social investments in healthcare and economic empowerment. In his response, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji S.A Rasheed said qualitative education requires the support of all as government cannot do it alone.

The Project Facilitator, Jane Coker, said the donations were demands of the beneficiary schools as the company conducted a needs assessment in the four schools.

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