CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED THROUGH ITS SUBSIDIARY STAR ULTRA DEEP PETROLEUM LIMITED, THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES (NAPIMS), OIL AND GAS NIGERIA LIMITED (ONG) AND LUKOIL COMPANY, IN THE OML 140 PROJECT, DONATE BOOKS AND TEACHING AIDS TO FOUR (4) SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ABAKILIKI, EBONYI STATE.
August 18, 2016 marked a memorable day in the Salt City as distinguished guest came to witness the donation ceremony and the official handing over of the teaching aids materials procured for the selected secondary school in the state Model Girls Secondary School Ohankwu, Enyigba Comprehensive Secondary School, Eketube, Community Secondary School, Ndiagu Amana and Government Technical College, Abakiliki.
The grand occasion was graced with the presence of the Director Star Ultra Deep Petroleum who was represented by Mr. Mike Kabi, the Group General Manager NAPIMS/NNPC represented by Mrs. Helen Nkwo, the Chairman Oil and Gas Nigeria Chief Reggie Uduhiri, Commissioner for Education Prof. U. Eke representing His Excellency the Governor of Ebonyi State; the Executive Chairman Secondary School Board Honorable O. Emmanuel, the SA to the Governor on Religious Matters Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, Royal Fathers from the benefiting communities.
In his opening remark the Chairman ONG Chief Reggie Uduhiri stated that, “sound education is almost impossible without Information Technology, good books and well-motivated teachers. Motivation is not only monetary, it is all-encompassing. A teacher without adequate and quality teaching aids may become easily demotivated …… hence ONG and other partners in the OML 140 Project have chosen to contribute to the development of a robust educational system in Ebonyi state….”
In his remark the Commissioner for Education Prof. U. Eke showed so much appreciation to the oil companies (Chevron, ONG, Lukoil, NAPIMS and other Co-ventures in the OML 140 Project) for choosing the state for the materials donated to the school and Ms. Jane Coker the director of Breezebell (NGO) for successfully executing the project. Stating that His Excellency the Governor of Ebonyi state is the most educationally friendly Governor in the country and the state is currently working very hard to ensure that the state comes out best in the national examinations and that the provision of the science equipment is timely because it gives room for the change of the outdated science equipment in the select schools.
The representative Mr. Mike Kabi of Star Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited a subsidiary of Chevron Nigeria Limited read the remark on behalf of the Director acknowledging that the state is the cleanest state in Nigeria. In his speech he mentioned “I am therefore confident that the books so donated will add to the body of knowledge available to these our students, and adequately equip them to provide innovative solutions to the challenges they will encounter in their academic lives and beyond. You will agree with me that effective teaching aids serve as inspiration for teachers and good books are essential for any student to excel”.
In her speech, Mrs. Helen Nkwo representing the Group General Manager NAPIMS/NNPC pointed out that NAPIMS, as an agency that is in charge of managing NNPC’s investment, the most important investment for us is the investment in human capital, and especially in securing the future of our young ones by supporting education…. I trust the capacity of our partnering NGO, Breezebell Management International to effectively manage this donation. Let me urge the benefitting teachers and students to make the most of these materials”.
Several millions of Naira was used for the procurement of donated items which includes, recommended textbooks by the teachers, notebooks, science equipment, whiteboards, computers, among other items.
Before the donation ceremony, 42 teachers were taken on a one week intensive training program on various subjects from ICT to classroom management, emotional intelligence and other topics covered which was aimed at making them more effective in discharging their duties when the school resumes as well as be able to use the teaching aid materials effectively. They were admonished to impact the knowledge received to other teachers that were not part of the capacity training program.
The ceremony was a joyful one, the Afikpo traditional dance troop entertained the guest and the teachers and principals gave their testimonies on what they learnt in the cause of the one week capacity training program which was the best way to spend their holiday. This was a life changing experience because the teachers from these schools will no longer be writing on chalk board, but whiteboards, the teachers that did not know how to put on a computer system can now do so boldly because they have been taught.
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