NGSA Dismisses Report Of Earthquake In Abuja

 

The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has denied the claim that an earthquake hit a part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Deputy Director of NGSA, Abba Usman, told reporters during an interview at the agency’s office over the weekend that the report of a quake happening in Abuja was false.

A lecturer from the Department of Geology at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Osun State had said a 3.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the nation’s capital on Friday last week.

But Usman insisted that none of the agency’s equipment picked up any seismic activity in Abaji, about 176 kilometres away from the Abuja city centre.

He faulted the research method used by the lecturer to make his claims, stressing that it was not the first time he has made similar claims which after scrutiny turned out to be false.

 

During a visit to the scene where the earthquake was alleged to have happened (Abaji), Channels TV crew could not find any visible sign of an earth tremor.

Also, none of the eyewitnesses interviewed could corroborate the lecturer’s claims while a further visit was made to Takwura village, the actual location given by the lecturer.

The buildings there were found to be intact with the villagers saying they felt nothing.

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.