Chevron Nigeria Limited on Wednesday in Abuja donated hybrid libraries to two secondary schools in Adamawa and Kano states as parts of efforts to encourage e-learning and educational development in the areas.
The donations were made through Texaco Nigeria Limited Outer Shelf, one of the corporate affiliates of Chevron to Aliyu Musdapha College, Yola and Government Secondary Commercial School in Wudil, Kano.
Although the company was economical with the monetary cost of the schools, which were said to be running to millions of Naira, it said construction of the two projects commenced in 2013 and were executed by Messrs Garberjoe Investment Limited and Mukhfam Nigeria Limited.
Each of the libraries consists of 21 internet-enabled work stations, customizable e-library platform, library books and 20KVA diesel generators among others.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mr. Fidel Pepple, represented by the company’s Community Development Officer, Ms. Ogor Mena, commended Kano and Adamawa states for collaborating with the donour to ensure successful completion of the projects.
He said, “We believe that our investments should not just be in the nuts and bolts of the industry but also in people. Manpower development is a crucial aspect of our investment and that is why the NNPC is happy to join Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf on this project because it holds very good prospects for the development of Nigeria’s educational sector. It is also in line with the Nigerian Content Development policy of the Federal Government.”
He equally expressed belief that investments in the education sector would assist in addressing the dearth of skilled manpower which he noted remained one of the challenges facing the development of oil and gas industry in the country.