By Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
The Niger Delta University (NDU), Amasomma, Bayelsa State, at the weekend got a boost from a consortium of oil multinationals under the Agbami Co-Venturers, when the leadership of the institution was presented with a multimillion naira diagnostics laboratory.
The Agbami Co-Venturers comprises Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited owned by Chevron, Famfa Oil Limited sponsored by Mrs Modupe Alakija, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Statoil Nigeria Limited and Petrobras Nigeria Limited.
At the ceremony, Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson, expressed delight at the gesture, but requested even closer collaboration between the oil companies and their host communities.
Speaking during the event, which took place at the School of Health Sciences, NDU, the General Manager of Star Deepwater Petroleum, Lanre Kalejaiye, said since the offshore Agbami Field was commissioned, the oil companies had donated 33 science laboratories and 25 chest clinics to different states of the federation.
He added that the presentation of the diagnostics centre was part of the series of projects in the state in the area of education and health, stressing that in Bayelsa alone, a hybrid library, a science laboratory complex and a leprosy and tuberculosis centre had been built.