The Board of Directors of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has approved Twelve million dollars ($12) to support six Nigerian Universities, particularly in the Engineering field, to complement the various efforts of government, the academia and other stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector.
The NLNG University Support Programme, part of NLNG’s commitment to development of education in Nigeria, will see NLNG spend about two billion Naira (N2 billion), representing Two million dollars $2million/N340 million per University, on building modern engineering laboratories and procuring equipment in six selected universities across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
The six universities;
*University of Ibadan,
*University of Ilorin,
*University of Port-Harcourt,
*University of Maiduguri,
*Abmadu Bello University, Zaria and
*University of Nigeria, Nsukka, were selected based on their performance within each region and their long standing contributions to Nigeria through the development of local capacity; especially the training of engineers and other technical experts who are contributing to national development in both the public and private sectors.
NLNG’s CSR portfolio spans education, healthcare, infrastructure, enterprise and capacity development. But amongst oil these, we consider education a special focus area. This therefore is its little contribution to complement the various efforts of government, the academia and other stakeholders to improve the quality of education in the country.
Nigeria LNG Limited, the arrow-head in the federal government’s quest to end gas flaring in the country with the attendant environmental benefits and also the biggest single contributor to government’s efforts to diversify the Nigerian economy and income portfolio, is committed to helping Nigeria grow through interventions in different areas. In partnership with The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters, NLNG in 2004 instituted The Nigeria Prize for Science and The Nigeria Prize for Literature to honour and encourage excellent innovators and writers. The prizes, each with a $100,000 cash prize, are recognised as the largest in Africa.
Some other CSR interventions by NLNG include the provision of equipment to the University of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and the Braithwaite Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt. Another major successful intervention in education by NLNG is the Bonny Vocational Centre, on accredited London City & Guilds centre in Nigeria, which provides vocational training in areas such as metal fabrication and electrical installation, thereby producing world class technicians to fill the skills gap in Nigeria.
NLNG also promotes a Science Quiz competition in Rivers State and administers a scholarship programme spanning Post Primary, Undergraduate and overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. In Maritime education, NLNG had in the past supported the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron with an upgrade of facilities, curriculum, as well as assisting the institution with obtaining international accreditation.
The trend of NLNG’s commitment to caring deeply for the country and its future, a key component of its body of values, spotlights its strong vision to help build a better Nigeria.
NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%), and Eni International (N.A,) N. V.S. a. r. L(10.4%).
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