Shell, Techno Oil’s CSR yield dividends for host communities

24 February 2015, Lagos – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and Techno Oil Limited have delivered new projects to boost their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes in their host communities.

Shell-logo-300x16921While SNEPCo at the weekend handed over a library complex and computer room donated to St. Mary’s Convent School in Lagos, the pace-setting initiative of Techno Oil in CSR has started yielding dividends for benefiting communities and institutions in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results of students.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the Managing Director of SNEPCo, Mr. Tony Attah said his company viewed primary education as a critical building block of the society, adding that SNEPCo is keen to provide support to this level of education in the best way it can.

“We do this within the context of our overall commitment to ensuring that local communities benefit from our presence. We always seek partners to set up viable and sustainable projects that add long term value,” he said.

Attah, who was represented by SNEPCo’s Business Relations Manager, Mr. Kanu Ijere charged the school to make the best use of the facilities in the interest of staff and students.

In his remarks, the Group General Manager in charge of the National Petroleum Investment and Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Jonathan Okehs said St. Mary’s Convent School, as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme, was in line with NAPIMS’ vision to contribute to the development of computer literacy and support towards education at all levels in Nigeria.

Okehs, who was represented by a Public Affairs Officer of NAPIMS, Mrs Bunmi Lawson noted that over the years, NAPIMS have constructed and furnished ICT centres for secondary schools and universities across the country.

On its part, some of the students of the institutions benefitting from Techno Oil’s CSR gesture have started recording remarkable success in ICT and other related subjects.

The Head of Corporate Affairs of Techno Oil, Mr Kenneth Abazie named Dr. Lucas Memorial High School, Kirikiri in Olodi Apapa, Lagos, and Community Secondary School, Isingwu in Umuahia, Abia State as some of the schools where Techno Oil had built ICT centres as part of the company’s CSR projects, which had started yielding positive dividends.

Affirming the development, the Principal of Dr. Lucas Memorial High School, Mr. Olusegun Odesanya, said the school had been recording tremendous success in computer studies since the ICT centre was built three years ago.

The Principal of Community Secondary School, Isingwu, Abia State, Mr. Kovo Akomas, also affirmed that Techno Oil has bridged the digital divide in Isingwu community and its environs.

According to the principal, the school recorded 80 per cent credit level pass which is one of the best in Abia State, in the 2013/2014 Junior West African Examination Council for JSS 3, students.’

“The reason for this success is not just that they donated the ICT centre but as a result of the sustained effort put in by Techno Oil to ensure that it remains functional.Techno Oil has not only built the ICT centre but has consistently provided all it takes for it to function, including monthly payment of salaries of the ICT instructors. Techno Oil ensures continuous supply of diesel for the generators, monthly subscription payment for Wi-Fi internet and much more,” he said.

– This Day

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