By Amaka Obiefuna, Lagos
SHELL Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO), has donated four ultramodern science laboratories to Eruku Secondary Commercial School in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
This is the latest efforts by the Shell deep offshore company to spread its social investments across Nigeria and boost the study of science subjects among secondary school students.
“The importance of science education cannot be over emphasised particularly in this age of rapid technology advancement. Government alone cannot do it which is why SNEPCo, its government and co-venture partners have continued to intervene in this critical area of youth development just as much as we do in the health sector,” said Managing Director of SNEPCo, BayoOjulari, at a ceremony in the school last week to handover the multimillion naira laboratories to the school management.
Represented by SNEPCo’s General Manager, Deepwater Exploration, AdedayoAdewuyi, Ojulari charged the students to take maximum learning advantage offered by the well-equipped laboratories to develop their potential in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Deputy Manager, Community Development, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mrs. JolayemiKolapo, said NAPIMS on behalf of NNPC was pleased to support SNEPCo’s focus on education across Nigeria as a proof-point of government’s commitment to peoples development in its partnership with oil and gas companies in the country.
Kolapo, represented by the Group General Manager of NAPIMS, Roland Ewubare, said: “We believe that our investments should not just be in the bolts and nuts but also in the people. Assisting the government to provide quality education delivery is a crucial aspect of our investment and that is why NAPIMS is pleased to partner with SNEPCo on the delivery of this project.
We therefore encourage the school to make judicious use of the laboratories for the intended purpose. It is only by so doing that the huge investment made in putting this project in place would be justified.”