IN pursuance of its Corporate Social Responsibilities, CSR, Chevron Nigeria Limited, leading oil giant in the country, has donated an electronic library to Ilaje High School, Igbokoda, Ondo State. The library, built within three months, is the first ever to be done in any government-owned secondary school in the state.
The project specifically built by Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf, a Chevron Company Operators of OML 132 and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was equipped with 21 computers sets, 25KVA generator, books, journals, modern conveniences, a borehole and other facilities.
Chevron at the unveiling of the project witnessed by senior officials of the company, top officers from the ministry of education, Ondo State, said it is committed to ensuring improved standard of education in the country. Speaking at the event, Jeffry Ewing, Chevron director of Deepwater and Productive Sharing Contracts, said Chevron believes that education is the key to national and societal development as it unlocks the potential of the people especially the youths and galvanises them for positive development.
Ewing, said the company is committed to educational development as one of the thematic areas in the company’s social performance programmes. He pointed out that the company’s support for education in the country include scholarship schemes for secondary school and university students every year, development of new schools and teachers residence, provision of and equipment of educational facilities and upgrading of laboratories and research centres.
He advised both the students and teachers of the benefiting schools to put the facility into good use and ensure proper maintenance so that the investment on it would not become a waste.
Also speaking, Jonathan Okehs, group general manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, said they are happy to collaborate with Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Limited and other stakeholders to sponsor projects that would lead to qualitative education. “We know that education is not only an instrument of social change but an investment in national development. The library is borne out of deliberate efforts by the NNPC and Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Limited to intervene in human capital development; a critical sector of the company. We believe the effort will augment the federal government’s Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, programme and help provide the needed manpower for the development of the country,” he said.
Jide Adejuyigbe, commissioner for education in the state, said the unveiling of the hybrid library is very unique being the first of its kind in government schools in Ondo state. He, however, said that one of the major challenges confronting education is inadequate modern library facilities which has negatively affected the performance of students output in various schools. He urged development partners, philanthropists, corporate organisations, religious bodies, old students and other well-meaning individuals in the society to emulate the gesture of Chevron in development of the education sector.
— Jun 8, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT