On June 28, 2017, the Geology department of the University of Nigeria Nsukka is billed to take possession of a brand new and ultra-modern building courtesy Platform Petroleum.
Platform Petroleum Limited is donating the new building to the university in honour of Austin Avuru, their Advisor and Pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer who graduated from the Geology Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, a UNN alumnus, is expected as Special guest. Other distinguished guests will include Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman of Platform Petroleum, Dr. ABC Orjiako, Chairman of SEPLAT, Prof. Sylvester Adegoke, Dr. Bolaji Ogundare, Managing Director, Newcross and HRM King Dr. Edmund M. Daukoru, as well as CEOs of other oil companies.
A statement from the company said the facility, which is called Austin Avuru Building, â€œis the first CSR intervention by Platform Petroleum Limited outside of its Umutu, Delta State, operation site and came out of the desire of the company to support Mr. Avuruâ€™s desire to reduce the huge infrastructural deficit at his alma mater.â€
The new building, according to the statement, is much bigger than the old dilapidated departmental building and will provide office space for lecturers as well as laboratories and lecture halls for students.