Kuni Tyessi, in Abuja
ESSO Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil (EEPNL), in partnership with the Community Health Empowerment Foundation (CHEF) has completed the installation of a fully equipped Biology laboratory at the Government College, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.
The project, executed as part of ExxonMobil’s efforts to improve education in Nigeria, involved the reconstruction and refurbishing of the internal environment of the laboratory, as well as procurement and installation of essential equipment such as clinostats, human development models, microscopes, island benches, baby-in-utero models amongst others.
In his remarks, the General Manager, Nigel Cookey-Gam, said the laboratory will both enhance the quality of teaching of Biology as well as the outcome of the external examinations in the school, adding that ExxonMobil subsidiaries have invested over N8 billion in the country’s’ educational system in the past 20 years.
“For instance, over N57 million was spent on NNPC/MPN joint venture secondary school scholarships targeting indigent students in Akwa Ibom state and over N4 billion spent on NNPC/MPN joint venture undergraduate scholarship for Nigerian students in the last two decades.”
Speaking on the initiative, the Executive Director of CHEF, Mr. Ernest Nwokolo, congratulated EEPNL on its consistent efforts to improve the study of sciences in secondary schools.
“I hope that both government and other corporate organisations will devote consistent efforts like EEPNL has done over these years towards supporting the study of science in schools”, he said.
Meanwhile, ExxonMobil aﬃliates in Nigeria has committed more than $10 million annually to sustainable, long-term development initiatives in the country. Through partnerships with local and international non-governmental organisations, the aﬃliates invest in citizenship initiatives that positively aﬀect the lives of thousands of Nigerians.