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Kano's budding chemists get a boost from ExxonMobil

Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL), in production sharing contract with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), funded the installation of a full chemistry laboratory infrastructure at Badawa Girls Secondary School Kano. To bring this project to a successful completion, EEPNL worked in partnership with Community Health Empowerment Foundation (CHEF).

The project entailed furnishing and reconstructing a laboratory, as well as creating an enabling environment for the study of chemistry subject through the provision of a well-equipped workroom for use by students of the school.

"This laudable initiative which has been strategically unleashed by EEPNL forms part of the historical company's corporate citizenship outreach and typifies the range of significant social investment in Nigeria; especially in support of education", says Nigel Cookey-Gam, manager, Government & Business Relations, Mobil Producing Nigeria.

"EEPNL's expectation is that the investment will not only enhance the quality of teaching but also lead to improvement in external examinations on the subject of Chemistry in Badawa Girls Secondary School,” he added.

The project cost which was about N4 Million includes the reconstruction of the internal environment of a classroom into the chemistry laboratory as well as procurement and installation of essential equipment such as island/peninsular benches, distillers, voltmeters, PH meters and varieties of chemicals.

Speaking on the initiative, Ernest Nwokolo, executive director, CHEF called on all stakeholders to borrow a leaf from EEPNL and join in their concerted efforts aimed at raising the quality of education in Nigerian schools. He expressed the hope that the state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory donated by EEPNL will not only create an enabling environment to improve the performance of the chemistry students in Badawa Girls Secondary School and other dependent schools, but also stimulate other corporate and private organizations towards supporting the efforts of governments in improving the study of science in schools.

EEPNL and other affliates in Nigeria commit more than $10 million annually to sustainable, long-term development and initiatives in the country. Through partnerships with local and international non-governmental organizations, the affiliates invest in citizenship initiatives that positively affect the lives of thousands of Nigerians.