ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, as part of thier commitment to improve education, knowledge, technical excellence and exceptional standards, especially in Geosciences, have donated text books and several journals to 20 Nigerian universities across the country.
Andrew Ejayeriese, general manager, Nigeria Exploration, delivered the books on behalf of the company to the representatives of the 20 institutions at the 8th edition of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists' and Nigeria Mining and Geoscience Society Joint Annual Student's Mini-conference, which held at the University of Ibadan.
Ejayeriese congratulated the students and lecturers of the beneficiary institutions, stating that, "the commitment of ExxonMobil to the Geosciences in the country over the years is to ensure that technical excellence and exceptional standards are sustained. We hope that the books will be of immense benefit to the students and will be helpful at building and developing the future geoscientists with strong technical backdrop needed by our industry.”
The book donation initiative, which commenced in the summer of 2015 by Newton Samagbeyi, geophysicist, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited with a plan to donate to his alma mater has expanded beyond one school to 20 schools in Nigeria, including one school in Liberia and South Africa with the help of friends, colleagues, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' (AAPG) book pipeline project and ExxonMobil Exploration Company's management. "The credit goes to all my ExxonMobil friends and management for helping the initiative succeed,'' Samagbeyi noted.
The representative of the students, Henry Onyedika Nzewi, student, Anambra State University, Uli, Anambra State, thanked ExxonMobil for the kind gesture, stating that, "the books will help the students of the department of Geoscience to further develop their capabilities in the subject."
Commending ExxonMobil, Idris-Nda Abdulahi, head, Department of Geology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, promised that the books will be put to good use.
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The universities that benefited from the book donation include, Delta State University , Abraka; Federal University of Technology, Akure; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun; Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Akwa Ibom State University; Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola; Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa; Osun State University, Oshogbo; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye; Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto; Nasarawa State University, Keffi; University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri; Gombe State University; Kwara State University; University of Ilorin, Ilorin; and Kogi State Polytechnic.