Lagos — TotalEnergies, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and deepwater partners have commissioned an Information and Communications Technology, ICT centre at the Esan Model Boys Grammar School, in Uromi, Edo state.
TotalEnergies Upstream Nigeria Limited partners includes the NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO and PRIME
The official launch saw high profile dignitaries from the community and the state level, storm the community in excitement, as the energy company handed over the centre to the school administrator, and state commissioner for education.
The gigantic centre contains a total of 120 computers, record rooms, stores, mini theatre and 25KVA solar panels for 24 hours uninterrupted power supply.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies Upstream Companies Nigeria, Mike Sangster expressed delight at the project, saying it was borne out of the need to add value to the lives of students of the school and the community.
According to him, such projects and others are also being constructed in various locations across the country after conducting needs assessment of the communities.
“…as we hand over this project to you, we urge you to make the best use of it and ensure it is sustained and serves the purpose for which it was created”, George Oguachuba, Executive Director Commercial and Strategy, TotalEnergies said in his keynote address on behalf of Sangster.
The Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Bala Wunti, also lauded the initiative, saying the project was conceived in furtherance of the JV’s corporate social responsibility, and in line with the Millennium Development Goals, SDGs.
He said siting the project at the school was borne out of the need to mitigate the gaps in qualitative and technical education and provide access to clean water among others.
The project manager, ThankGod Osubu said the 250-capacity project which started in 2019 came to a completion in 2020 and has all the necessary modern facilities in place.
Receiving the project on behalf of the community, the National President of the old boys association of the school, Mr Mike thanked the JV, while giving assurance of sustainability.
“We are happy that such is happening in our time. And on behalf of the school and community, we thank the Managing Director of TotalEnergies, NNPC and partners for counting us worthy to be beneficiaries.
“This project will not go to waste. We already have a committee to ensure it is put to good use to boost ICT development in the school and the community”, he added.
Chief Inspector of Education, Esan North-East, Mary Oseghale who represented the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki inaugurated the ICT Centre alongside other personalities present.
She said that the project will improve learning in the school and community, promising to keep the project alive.