House Adopts Report To Establish Petroleum University

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The House of Representatives has considered and adopted a report on a bill to establish the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State.

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Evelyn Oboro, during the 7th Assembly, but was not assented to by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

The university, which is already existing and has even graduating students, will now have legal backing.

With its passage by the House of Representatives, it will now be forwarded to the Senate for further legislative action.

Obasanjo Tasks Petroleum University On Technology Innovation

Obasanjo Tasks Petroleum University On Technology InnovationA former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked the management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun in Delta State to innovate necessary technological expertise in the development of the petroleum sector.

Obasanjo urged the management of the institution to think out of the box and evolve the best international practices to develop the sector, especially in the face of the current dwindling fortunes of crude price in the international market.

He made the call in a meeting with members of management and staff of the institution at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria.

The former President noted that the major reasons for establishing the academia was to bridge the necessary gap in local content and capacity building deficit in the petroleum sector.

In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Akii Ibhadode, said the management had come to appreciate the foresight of the former President and also enlist his further assistance.

He disclosed that since inception, the university had continue to produce high level manpower in the oil and gas sector.

Professor Ibhadode then presented the elder statesman with an award of appreciation for establishing and contributing to the development of the first petroleum university in Africa.

The Federal University of Petroleum Resources established in 2007 is the first petroleum university in Nigeria and sixth in the world to provide the required local content and capacity building in the sector.

Exxon Mobil Donates Equipment To Six Nigerian Universities

exxonOil giant, Exxon Mobil has donated equipment worth 50 million naira to six tertiary institutions in the country through its Universities Partnership Programme (UPP).

The donated items includes: analytical equipments, digital cameras, mosquitoes nets for field trips and the sum of 5.777 million naira to each of the universities.

The beneficiaries includes; Akwa Ibom State University, Anambra State University, University of Jos and Federal University of Technology, Akure. Others are University of Ilorin and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta.

According to the General Manager, Operations (Technical) of Exxon, Mr Micheal Udoh, the company has since the inception of the program in 2007, provided support worth over one billion naira.

”Since we started the University Partnering Programme in 2007, we have donated vehicles, Geo-sciences equipment to 14 universities, to facilitate Geological fieldwork training and analysis for students.

He said the program is aimed at ensuring that Nigeria stands on equal competitive footing with the best universities in the world in the study of Geo-sciences.

”We commenced this partnership Eight years ago in the area of Geo-sciences education in our collective and determined quest to help advance the quality of education in Nigeria to internationally competitive levels.

“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 Geo-sciences benefits from the programme.

Commending the company, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, asked other companies to emulate the good examples of the company, as the government cannot adequately fund education on its own.

The gesture by the company also received the support and commendation of players in the Geo-sciences sector, such as the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Education.

The beneficiaries also promised to ensure that the equipments are properly used and maintained.