Abuja - The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) limited has earmarked two
billion naira ($12 million dollars) for the development of engineering
education in six Nigerian universities.
The universities were University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University
of Port Harcourt, University of Maiduguri, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and
Ahamdu Belllo University, Zaria.
The NLNG Managing Director, Baba Omotowa, who made this known in Abuja, said
the gesture was to support education sector and help in building a better
Omotowa said the company would spend N340 million in each institution
for the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped
with cutting-edge equipment in a project titled NLNG University Support
While describing the contribution as a landmark, Omotowa said ``no Nigerian
university is ranked among the 500 best university in the world today
neither is our ranking among African universities impressive.
“All the prediction about Nigeria’s ascent as a developed country will only
come to reality if and when we also take firm steps to fix our educational
“Well-meaning stakeholders need to urgently join hands to turn around
the quality of education in the country to safeguard and ensure a
better future for the country.
“This is why the company is committed to building a better Nigeria and
has initiated the two billion naira NLNG university support programme to help
bring engineering education up to world class standard,’’ he said.
The six universities, according to him, are selected based on their
top position within their geo-political zones in the ranking by the National
Universities Commission and other International bodies.-
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