Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Chevron Donate Hybrid Library To Bayelsa-owned Secondary School

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A Chevron Company operating the OML 132 known as Star Deep Water Petroleum on Tuesday donated a Hybrid Library to the Bayelsa State owned Centra Apie Secondary School in Opolo Community of Yenagoa Local Government of the State.

The Hybrid Library, which is located within the school premises is furnished with computers and standard facilities and books for research, was donated by Chevron on behalf of the Agbami Partners made up of the Nigerian National Petroelum ‎Corporation (NNPC), the FAMFA Oil, StatOil, Petrobras and Chevron.

‎Speaking at the commissioning and hand over ceremony held in Yenagoa, Mr. Mike Kabi, who represented the Director of the Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts, Mr Jeffrey Ewing, said that the contruction and donation of the hybrid library facilities was part of the Company’s Social Investment plan aimed at improving the reading, research and information technology culture amongst students.
According to him, ;aside this hybrid library project, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited and its Co-venturers have executed other social investment projects in Bayelsa State including the construction and equipping of a medical science laboratory in Niger Delta University, Amassoma, construction and equipping of a functional tuberculosis diagnostic chest clinic centre at Igbogene community in the State capital.
He said “the Co-Venturers support the view that education is the key to unlocking the potential of the youth and developing their capacity for societal relevance. This is one of the reasons why the company is committed to promoting quality education in partnership with the government and other stakeholders. The drive behind our education support is to improve access to education for all Nigerians through the donations of hybrid libraries, science laboratory complexes and Scholarships”
‎”Since the award of the Agbami project in 2004, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited together with its Co-Venturers, has consistently made it a point of duty to develop the capacity of Nigerians in the oil and gas industry to ensure maximum positive impact on Nigeria’s economy. These deliberate efforts have resulted in employment generation, capacity building, increased participation of local contractors in the design and fabrication of facilities for these projects.”
Mr Ewing added that Apart from the hybrid library being commissioned today, “we still have several projects across the country either on-going or completed. The projects, mainly Libraries, Chest clinics and Science Laboratories constitute an aspect of the strategic intervention plan of the Agbami Co-Venturers in ensuring better life for Nigerians.”
“The partners have also instituted specialized educational scholarship programmes in support of manpower development in Nigeria, through targeted scholarship support for medical, nursing, laboratory sciences and engineering students. Since the inception of the Agbami Scholarship scheme in 2009, more than 15, 000 students in various universities in the country have benefited from the programme. Of these scholars, 122 have graduated with First Class honors or its equivalent. A total of 595 Bayelsa State students have benefitted from this scholarship scheme between 2009 and 2015.”
He disclosed that;”We also constructed and equipped a science laboratory complex at Government Secondary School, Amarata and have regularly coordinated the provision of NYSC science teachers to all the 8 Keffes community secondary schools under our Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathermatics(STEM) program, to enhance the study of science subjects. It is noteworthy that 65% of the total number of students in the supported schools that registered for Chemistry, Biology and Physics in 2014 West African Examination Council (WAEC) scored credit and above in these subjects. The national average performance for same year was 31%.”
“Today’s donation is another demonstration of the Co-Venturers’ determined efforts to provide young Nigerians access to qualitative education. I therefore encourage our recipients to effectively manage the facility to ensure its sustainability”, he said.
The Group General Manager of NAPIMS, Mr Date Sejebor, represented by Mena Ogor, noted that “The initiative is another testimony of our tradition of care by the Agbami co-venturers, including the NNPC, for the social development of our country.”
“The commissioning of this project at this time is auspicious considering the need to support government’s efforts in educational development. Thus, NAPIMS with its co-venturers is committed to boosting educational development in Bayelsa State and other parts of Nigeria.”‎