The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), has commissioned a multi-million naira engineering building with state-of-the-art equipment at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). The laboratory is the fifth of such projects donated to tertiary institutions under the NLNG’s University Support Programme.
Unveiling the edifice, Enugu State governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the gesture indicated NLNG’s commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He noted that the assistance was part of the dividends of mineral resources.
Ugwuanyi, represented by his deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezilo, praised the firm for choosing the UNN as one of the beneficiaries of the project. The governor hailed the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, for ensuring the completion of project.
Prof Ozumba said the agreement for the implementation of the project was signed on June 20, 2014, barely two weeks after his assumption of office. According to him, the NLNG and the university agreed to use a grant of N340 million to construct the laboratory and stock it with state-of-the-art equipment to promote learning and research.
He said because of the unstable foreign exchange rate, the university injected additional N212.15 million to to complete the project.
The VC explained that the building sits on 1092.24 square metres area, with seven laboratories and seven standard offices.
He said: “We have procured engineering equipment, 92 items of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) gadgets and pieces of furniture to flag off the building.”
Ozumba praised NLNG for choosing UNN in the first phase of the initiative.
NLNG Managing Director of Tony Attah said the University Support Programme was set up to provide “structured support” for the development of research and scholarship in higher institutions. He said six varsities in the six geopolitical zones were selected to benefit from the first phase of the programme.
“In picking the beneficiary universities, excellence was the key determinant,” he said.
Attah, represented by the NLNG Deputy Managing Director, Mr Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, explained that the six institutions were picked based on independent rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and World University Ranking.
Besides supporting teaching and research, the NLNG boss said the project was aimed at training next generation of engineers for the nation’s development.
Other universities that benefitted from the project were Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Ibadan (UI) and the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). (The Nation)