Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf, a subsidiary of Chevron Nigeria Limited, has donated a new hybrid library to the West African Peoples Institution in Calabar, capital of Cross River State.
The library, constructed and equipped with state-of-the art Information and Communication Technology equipment, is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility toward the development of education in the country.
The Manager, Policy Government/Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Kabir, said education would unlock the potentials of youths and galvanise the people for progressive development.
Kabir, who represented the Director of Deepwater, Mr. Richard Kennedy, said, “In addition to the social intervention programme by the Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Limited and her partner,
Star Deep Water Petroleum (another Chevron Company) with its parties in Agbami unit, in 2009, provided a fully-equipped Science laboratory to the Cross River State Government at Senior Secondary School in Adiabo, Odukpani Local Government Area between 2011 and 2017.”
Kennedy disclosed that 18 conventional and hybrid libraries had so far been completed and handed over to different schools across the country.
He added that Agbami parties have also instituted specialised educational scholarship programmes in support of manpower development in the country through targeted support for medical, nursing, library sciences and engineering students.
“Currently,595 indigenes of Cross River State have benefited from the Agbami Medical/Engineering Professional Scholarships, while 69 indigenes of the state are also beneficiaries of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture Scholarship programme,” Kennedy said.
In his remark, Governor Ben Ayade, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Etta, commended the oil firm for the project.
He said that despite the adverse effects of the economic recession on the education sector, Cross River State was still keen on developing the sector.
Also speaking, the Principal of WAPI, Mrs. Mercy Etim, said she was happy that such a development took place during her tenure.
“I am so happy that this is achieved under my administration as the principal of the school under a short period of time,” she said.
The Obong of Calabar, Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V), in his brief remark, gave the assurance that the project would be maintained and sustained.
The Obong, who himself was a product of the school, commended the oil firm for the gesture.