Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria
Ltd, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, on Friday in
Abuja donated geological equipment and
cash to six Nigerian universities.
The benefiting universities are: Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat-Enin; Anambra State University, Uli; University of Jos and Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Others are University of Ilorin and Federal
University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun,
The equipment donated are six Logitech
thin section making machines, 54 petro
graphic microscopes, 300 treated
mosquitoes nets and 24 digital cameras.
Each of the universities also got a cheque of
N5.77m to pay students’ and lecturers’
Speaking at the event, Mr Michael Udoh,
the General Manager, Operations
(Technical) ExxonMobil, said the donation
was an important step in the partnership
the company started with Nigerian
universities eight years ago.
“We commenced this partnership eight
years ago in the area of geosciences
education in our collective and determined
quest to help advance the quality of
education in Nigeria to internationally
“Since we started the University Partnering
Programme in 2007, we have donated
vehicles, geosciences equipment to 14
universities to facilitate geological fieldwork
training and analysis for students.
“To date, we have committed over N900m
to the UPP and our long term goal is to
ensure that every public university in
Nigeria offering geosciences benefits from
Udoh said universities enrolled under the
UPP were required to prepare a map of the
area in their proximity for review and
publication by the Nigerian Geological
He said the company was pleased by the
progress made so far as 12 maps had been
published by NGSA, while another four
were under review.
On his part, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education,
said that EEPNL had demonstrated that
education was a collective responsibility of
government and the private sector.
“The equipment would not only enhance
the teaching and research activities of
benefiting universities but portray EEPNL as
living up to its corporate social
Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary,
National Universities Commission, said the
exploration of solid minerals was key to
According to him, the equipment will go a
long way in preparing geology students for
the real task of exploration.
He said NUC’s Quality Assurance
Department would ensure that the
equipment were properly deployed,
maintained and utilised.(NAN)