By Foster Obi
Nigeria’s leading deep-water energy company, The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has donated a state-of-the-art Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre to the Enugu State University of Science and Technology as part of the NNPC/SNEPCo ICT support programme launched in 2007 under the sponsorship of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
This is contained in a press statement signed by Bamidele Odugbesan, Media Relations Manager.
Handing over the facility to the state government on Wednesday, Managing Director of SNEPCo, Bayo Ojulari, said the ICT centre would help students and teachers to maximize the value of quality education in information and technology in the fast-paced digital world.
According to Ojulari, “SNEPCo’s support to ICT Centres in the country is in response to a study that indicated a dearth of knowledge in that area among students and teachers at secondary and tertiary levels. Since 2007, SNEPCo has completed and donated 30 ICT projects to secondary schools and universities across the country.”
Ojulari, who was represented by SNEPCo’s External Relations Manager for Communications, Dr. Alice Ajeh, said, NNPC, SNEPCo and its co-venture partners – Exxon, Total and NAE – would continue to prioritise education as a critical area for intervention to support government.
The ICT centre, a one-storey building, comprises five computer laboratories, four smart boards, 62 computing systems, one Wi-Fi lounge, a 100 kva generator, and a new water supply system.
Speaking at the event, the Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, an NNPC subsidiary, Mr. Bala Wunti, said, “We hope that, as we handover this state-of-art ICT Centre to ESUT, the students and the entire school will take advantage of the Centre and produce some of the finest students in the field in the country.”
Wunti, represented by NAPIMS’Deputy Manager, Community Development, Mrs.Clementina Arubi, said, “The NNPC’s firm belief in investing and touching the lives of all Nigerians is also implemented through its Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) which has enabled companies like SNEPCo to embark on several corporate social responsibility projects across the country.”
Enugu State Commissioner for Education,Professor Uche Eze, and Enugu State University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ezeh expressedthanks to NNPC and SNEPCo describing the donation as something worthy of emulation by other corporate entities in the state and beyond. The commissioner was represented by Professor Frank Asogwa.
He appealed for such social investments including scholarships, from other corporate organisations “as service to God and service to humanity.”
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ezeh described the ICT Centre donation as a timely intervention and promised that “the students will properly utilise the facility.”
Since its launch in 2007, the NNPC/SNEPCo ICT support programme has so fardonated 30 ICT projects to secondary schools and universities around the country. Some of the beneficiary schools are: Ikeja Grammar School, Lagos State; Ofa Grammar School, Kwara State; Ebute-Elefun Secondary Schools, Lagos State; Rumfa College, Kano State; St Barnabas College, Kabba, Kogi State; Girls Secondary School, Imerienwe, Imo State; Uwheru Grammar School, Delta State; and Edo College, Benin, Edo State. Others are: Delta State University, Abraka; University of Jos, Plateau State; Imo State University; University of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.