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.

NUC and JAMB to monitor admission process of state universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have decided to embark on a monitoring visit to state-owned universities to ensure compliance with admission regulations.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, who disclosed this at a meeting of stakeholders in Abuja, said the monitoring would begin soon.

The visit, he explained is to “assess the level of compliance with NUC’s approved admission quota and qualification of new entrants into the universities, among other tasks”, adding that the visit would address the issue of enrolment, which had led to overstretching of facilities.

According to him “in spite of the guidelines, many universities still exceed the approved quota, thereby impeding the delivery of quality education in the Nigeria university system.’’

He also alleged that some students were admitted without meeting the requirements, while some state universities violate the operational guidelines and procedures on the system.

He however noted that the NUC and JAMB have a very rigorous task to perform and would not relent in their efforts at stemming anomalies in the system, as he urged the officials to exhibit a high sense of responsibility in the course of the assignment.

Prof Okojie also stated that the university commission has introduced an admission quota appropriate for each university based on its carrying capacity.

The Acting Director, Inspection and Monitoring in NUC, Mrs. Hansatu Abechi, said one of the objectives of the visit was to ascertain that all students were admitted through JAMB.

“The visit is also to determine the number of students admitted and how many matriculated as well as determine other channels, like from foundation, preliminary and remedial, for admitting students” she said.