Students of The Niger Delta University(NDU) have been in high spirits after their labs got a boost from a consortium of oil multinationals under the Agbami Co-venturers when the leadership of the institution was presented with a multi-million naira diagnostics laboratory.
The Agbami Co-Venturers comprises Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, owned by Chevron; Famfa Oil Limited, sponsored by Mrs. Modupe Alakija; Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Statoil Nigeria Limited and Petrobras Nigeria Limited.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, expressed delight at the gesture. He, however, challenged the sponsors to build on having a better relationship0 with the communities.
Speaking during the event which took place at the School of Health Sciences, NDU, the General Manager of Star Deepwater Petroleum, Lanre Kalejaiye, said since the offshore Agbami Field was inaugurated, the oil companies had donated 33 science laboratories and 25 chest clinics to different states of the federation.
He added that the presentation of the diagnostics centre was part of the series of projects in the state in the area of education and health, stressing that in Bayelsa alone, a hybrid library, a science laboratory complex and leprosy and tuberculosis centre had been built.
However, while conducting the official opening of the lab, Dickson who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, appreciated the establishment of the medical facility but called for more commitment from the oil concerns.