Nigeria Tertiary Education In SAPETRO Efforts
Education sector in the sphere of Tertiary Education has come under several attacks, which is not unconnected to inadequate funds which might have been diverted to individual pockets or was not made available at all, the effect of brain drain as lecturers and professors are known to leave the shores of the country for greener pastures in foreign lands, admission racketeering, cultism, sexual harassment by lecturers towards students and vice versa, lack of, or out dated teaching materials, and the list is endless.
This has led government at the federal and state levels to call on all stakeholders to get involved in salvaging the situation as the government has realized in its wisdom that it cannot do it alone. The clarion call has yielded results which are still not enough as more can be done to bring in lasting solution which can make the Nigerian Tertiary institutions take back their pride of place.
It’s no longer news that the South Atlantic Petroleum has taken up the challenge of contributing its quota to the rise of Tertiary Education in Nigeria. The first was the construction of a medical centre at the Nassarawa State University.
The centre has since attended to diverse medical needs within the campus and a proposal is underway towards converting it to a teaching hospital which will be of benefit to the students and also patients who may wish to patronize the medical centre.
The recent, another ground breaking event was in the donation of a multi-million naira worth of equipment to the geology department of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The equipment includes 5 work stations with dual monitors, a large print plotter for the plotting of large maps and a 10 KVA-APC VPS for the generation of power.
The chief executive officer of SAPETRO, Mr Martin Trachsel, in his speech during the unveiling of the equipment remarked that ‘when we choose projects like this to sponsor, we are very careful to select projects and target recipients where we have full confidence that they will be exploited to the full and will continue to be developed and maintained to the benefit of the wider community.
Indeed, after assessing a number of institutions we chose the Federal University of Technology in Minna as we were impressed with the work the faculty was doing already and because we have confidence that the equipment and databases will be used and developed to the benefit of both current and future students.’
‘We believe that one of the core requisites to human capacity and nation building is Education and that is why we together with Danvic were very pleased to support this initiative to provide both equipment software training and support to provide a world class geosciences workstation environment in Minna.’
The oil and gas company alongside its partner is not only going to provide the equipment and back-off as it is the norm with most laudable government projects.
SAPETRO brought good news asides the donation it made to the department when Mr Trachsel announced that ‘It is also our policy to maintain an active interest in all the projects we have sponsored and so we look forward to a long term relationship with the faculty and students here and we look forward to monitoring the use and potential expansion of this facility over time and indeed of seeing students from this university contributing to the success of Nigeria exploration and production.’
The multi-national oil company must have realized that Geoscience knowledge and training is an absolute essential capability for indigenous oil and gas companies, and so there was need to identify and develop additional Nigeria hydrocarbon resources and which have led to the provision of facilities that will contribute to more young Nigerians picking up the skills to contribute to the industry.
The company as part of its social responsibility has also sponsored a major international project called the Exploration Fabric of Africa which has created a wonderful information database which involves gathering all the publically available information on African geology and hydrocarbon provenance, a graphical information database which will be a very valuable research and educational tool for geoscience students.
Mr Trachsel disclosed that the company is ‘very pleased to say that as part of our sponsorship, we are able to grant the Federal University of Technology in Minna the first Academic Affiliates license granting them full access to the database.’
Nigeria Tertiary Education In SAPETRO Efforts
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