By Our Reporter
Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Ltd, a Chevron company, has officially handed over a hybrid library, located in West African People’s Institute Calabar (WAPI), to the Cross River State government while disclosing that 654 indigenes of the State have benefited from scholarship programme initiated by another Chevron company, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited with its parties in the Agbami unit.
This disclosure was made during the handing over ceremonies in Calabar at WAPI by the Chevron’s Director, Deepwater & PSCS, Mr Richard Kennedy, Thursday.
Kennedy, who was represented by Mike Kabi, Manager, Policy, Government & Public Affairs (PGPA), Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Lagos, said Oil Milling Licence (OML) 132 was awarded to Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Ltd and her partner, the NNPC, in 2006 and that “in line with the Deep Offshore Community Affairs Group (DOCAG’s) community engagement principles, we view the entire country as the company’s community.”
The Director said Chevron, through “Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited with its parties in the Agbami unit also provided a fully equipped science laboratory at Senior Secondary School, Adiabo,” and that “a total of 18 conventional and hybrid libraries have been completed and handed over to different schools across the country.”
According to him, “the Agbami parties have instituted specialized education scholarship programmes in support of manpower development in Nigeria through targeted support for medical, nursing, laboratory sciences and engineering students.”
He explained further that 595 indigenes of Cross River State were beneficiaries of Agbami Medical & Engineering Professional Scholarship (AMEPS) programme while 69 were also benefiting from NNPC/CNL Joint Venture Scholarship programmes.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Education, Hon Goddy Etta, who represented Governor Ben Ayade, commended Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Ltd for completing and officially handing over the hybrid library, adding that the partnership between the State government and Chevron was yielding results.
His words: “Education is a top priority to this government and we commend management of Texaco for using just nine months to construct this facility. We pray that this gesture would be replicated in other schools as we strive to take back our pride of place as the foremost State in terms of education because we were the first to make contact with the western world.”
Also speaking, the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, who is an old student of the college, prayed God to continue to reward Chevron companies for their magnanimity and intervention in education sector.
Represented by the Paramount Ruler-elect of Odukpani, Etinyin Etim Otu, the Monarch advised the school authorities and government of Cross River state to sustain and make good use of the facilities to enhance learning.