Corporate bodies have been called upon to partner the efforts of the Federal Government in funding the nation's educational system, especially to attain global relevance.                                                                                                                                          

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Professor John Ovwata Etu-Efeotor made the call on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the commissioning of Petrel Workstation, generator, field mapping equipment and an 18-seater bus donated by ESSO Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited to the University.

According to Prof. Etu-Efeotor, Education is too powerful for national development and the Nigeria tertiary education system would not be 'centres of excellence' if funding of the Universities is left for the Federal Government alone. Government must perform its task of funding the University, and corporate organisations and well meaning individuals should also assist to improve quality and standards in the Universities, he said.

Gen. Obada commissions the ESSO donated bus
Gen. Obada commissions the ESSO donated bus

The Vice-Chancellor commended the efforts of ESSO for being the first to respond to the needs of the University and pleaded to the organisation to build a structure to be dedicated to the company in the University, adding that the equipment and the annual N5.4 million provided in their University Partnering Programme for the field work in the next five years would be judiciously applied to advance learning in the Earth Science Department of the Institution.

 In a speech the Manager, Deepwater Production Geosciences, ESSO, Mr. Goodluck Adagbasa noted that the objective of the partnering project being donated to FUPRE was aimed at enhancing and complementing the skills of selected lecturers who in turn was expected to train students and other lecturers on the use of the equipment thereby positively impacting the quality of Geosciences graduates from Nigeria's tertiary institutions.

He emphasised that the commissioned equipment were similar to what obtains in the industry as regards exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Petroleum Industry and urged the University to utilize them optimally for learning and research as intended for the benefit of students, lecturers and the country adding that it cost the company approximately N300 million to put the project in place.

Also, the Project Consultant, Dr. Daniel Lambert-Aikhionbare expressed joy for the completion of the project and reiterated that FUPRE make optimum use of it, adding that the company would be glad to have a building constructed by the University as ESSO House, which it would also fully equip and maintain.

In a brief welcome the Head of Department of Earth Science, Dr. Difference Ogagarue acknowledged the gesture of ESSO for coming to the rescue of the Department in contributing to the body of knowledge assuring that the workstation and other equipment would be used for the development of the Oil and Gas Industry and the good of humanity.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Etu-Efeotor, Gen. Obada and Gen. D. Oneya
Vice Chancellor Prof. Etu-Efeotor, Gen. Obada and Gen.  Oneya

The event was attended by eminent dignitaries which include former Military administrator of Kano and Niger States, General Dominic O. Oneya; General O. E. Obada; Chief Macdonald Ugbewanku, Deputy Librarian, Mr. Matthew Okoh; Dean, College of Science, Professor Olusegun Abiola; Coordinator of Public/Private Partnership, Professor John B. Arubayi; Director of Academic Planning, Professor Jerome Adepoju and Acting Dean of Students' Affairs, Dr. Joachim Ukutsemuya.