Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Exxon Mobil spend N300M for project in Akwa Ibom Varsity

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), Unlimited says it has spent N300 million as total cost of project in Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
Mr Mike Udoh, Manager, Operations Technical Geo-science, disclosed this at the inauguration of mini-Geo-science Workroom at the institution in Mkpat Enin LGA.

Udoh explained that the amount of money includes the cost of construction, furnishing, hardware, software, training, transportation and other associated personnel cost.
He said item procure include four high end precision dual core dell workstations, eight flat screen monitor, one external hard drive, 13com 16 ports switch.

Others are the software on these machines include windows operating system, and panel interpretation package donated by Schlumberger Nigeria limited.

“In additional to this, one HP design jet plotter, one desktop office computer complete with 19 flat screen, one desk top printer to complement the effective usage of the geosciences workroom.

“We are aware that as part of this programme, an agreement between the University and Schlumberger has been executed as to the use of the software and modalities at no cost to the University

He added that three students of the institution were trained on the use of the machines in carrying out geo-sciences evaluations.

Udoh said the objective of the gesture was to enhance and complement the skill sets of the select lecturers who is in turn are expected to train students and other lecturers on the use of the equipment.

“This is in furtherance to ExxonMobil’s commitment in supporting youth development and capacity building in Nigeria,’’ he said.

The Manager said the expectation was that there would be a marked improvement in the quality of Geo-science graduates from this university.
He said that the equipment inaugurated today is similar to what is being use in the industry today in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Petroleum industry.

In his speech, Prof. Eno Ibanga, Vice Chancellor of the Institution, expressed appreciation to the management of ExxonMobil, saying that the inauguration the equipment was an eye opener of what institutions suppose to be.
He commended ExxonMobil and its partner Schlumberger for the gesture, saying that it was a welcome development.

“This equipment has brought practicality into the theory and we sincerely appreciate the donor company.

“This donation, we have to integrate it properly into our curriculum with the synergy with the industry so that whatever is in the field, we will be able to produce marketable graduate,’’ Ibanga said.   

Our Correspondent reports that ExxonMobil donated workroom to Geo-science department of the Akwa Ibom State University.

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