The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, has sued for the continuous development of science and technology studies in schools.
Prof. Mmon, who made this statement at the grand finale of the second edition of Public Schools Science Quiz Competition, Saturday, at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, observed that the world was science and technology driven.
According to him, “there could not be any development without science and technology, life may seize to exist if we shut down at science and technology. We can’t get developed if we did not invest in science and technology. The world is moving forward, we can’t afford to be left behind”, he said.
The commissioner, who commended the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), organisers of the quiz competition, for encouraging the study of science and technology at the secondary level of education, also called on other corporate organisations to key into the development of science and technology projects with a view to building indigenous technology.
“Corporate organisations should key into this project so we can build and develop our own indigenous technology. It is high time we develop, ours rather than depending on the western technology,” he said
In his welcome address General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG, Mr Andy Odeh, said NLNG’s sponsoring of the competition was in fulfilment of its corporate social responsibility, which he noted, focuses on the development of health, education, empowerment, and infrastructure for the benefit of the general society, particularly its host communities.
Odeh explained that in response to the company’s education interventions, “NLNG has partnered with the Rivers State Ministry of Education to organise annual science quizzes, debates and essay competitions for students in public schools”, adding that, “ the goal is to inspire healthy competition as well as interest in science and technology to equip young minds for nation building and for the good of mankind”.
He further said, to enhance the 2022 edition, a tripartite partnership model leveraging on resources and expertise was conceived where the NLNG, the State Ministry of Education and Science Teachers Association were fully involved.
Additionally, he said, “NLNG will sponsor the annual hosting of the NLNG Science Quiz Competition for secondary schools in Rivers State. It would be open to schools in the three Senatorial Districts in the state – Rivers East, Rivers West, and Rivers South.
“The Rivers State Ministry of Education (RSMoE) will authorise release of students, teachers, and schools for the stages of the competition, observe the competition and maintain quality control checks”.
The competition, which started with an olympiad through to championship stages, had seven public schools competing at the grand finale.
The competition which consisted of six rounds, including, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Wild Card, had Bonny National Secondary School, Bonny with over 68,000 points as the winner, while, Enitona High School and Niger Delta Science School, both in Port Harcourt, came second and third positions respectively.
Representatives of the winning school, Nazareth Igwe and Jacob Daniel who spoke on behalf of other participants expressed joy and gratitude to NLNG, which gave them the platform to express their under-standing, while thanking their teachers and parents for giving them the enabling environment.
High point was the presentation of various gifts, including medals, computers, plaques, school bags books to the competitors while science equipment worth millions were given to the winning school.
By: Tonye Nria – Dappa, Theresa Frederick
NCDMB Lauds TotalEnergies On Ikike’s First Oil
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has lauded management of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited for achieving first oil from the Ikike offshore project.
Recall that The Tide source reported that TotalEnergies’ Ikike project which had its investment decision in 2019 had achieved first oil last month, without any lost time injury or incident and with significant local content milestones.
Ikike, located within OML99, is 15km North of Amenam and 20km offshore, will increase TotalEnergies’ crude oil production within the oil block.
Commending the French multinational, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, EngrSimbiWabote, noted that TotalEnergies has demonstrated true leadership of Nigerian Content development by continuing to invest in Nigeria and achieving great strides in Nigerian Content when other operators were divesting from fields in Nigeria.
Wabote spoke recently at the ground-breaking ceremony of human capacity development projects for Government Technical College in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Let me at this juncture thank the management of Total Energies for demonstrating faith and commitment to the betterment of Nigeria. Let me also congratulate the management of Total for achieving the first oil of the Ikike project.
“But Total Energies has demonstrated that indeed they are a true leader of Nigerian Content Development, and when many other operators are divesting from fields in Nigeria, Total has continued to invest in Nigeria and achieving great strides in Nigerian Content.”
Wabote, represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Patrick Obah, said the Board had developed a guideline that allocates 60 percent of the Human Capacity Development budget on major oil and gas projects to the strengthening of training institutions.
Under the guideline, according to the NCDMB boss, a large chunk of the HCD commitments on projects will be channeled towards the upgrade and provision of facilities in institutions that train relevant workforce for the oil and gas industry.
The remaining percentages of the HCD budget, he said, will be applied to other human capacity programmes, stressing that the Board has placed emphasis on human capital development.
NNPC Renews Oil Production Contracts For Five Deepwater Blocks
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC), has renewed oil Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) with International Oil Companies (IOCs) and local firms for five deep water blocks, which could produce up to 10 billion barrels over the next 20 years.
The renewal ceremony on Friday was attended by officials of the NNPC and the affected oil companies.
Bala Wunti, head of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), an NNPC subsidiary, said the renewed agreement should lead to the production of 10 billion barrels of oil.
NNPC jointly and separately owns the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 128, 130, 132, 133, 138 blocks with oil majors Shell, Equinox, Chevron, ExxonMobil, China’s Sinopec and Nigerian firm, South Atlantic Petroleum.
Nigeria, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is heavily reliant on oil for its revenues, but has been unable to get the full benefit of a surge in energy prices this year as years of underinvestment have prevented it from meeting its OPEC output targets.
MeleKyari, Managing Director/CEO, NNPC Ltd, said investment had been slowed by disputes over revenues and taxes that stemmed from previous contracts.
Protracted negotiations had reduced “all ambiguities” to a minimum for the new 20-year contracts and any disputes related to past contracts had been settled amicably”, he said.
Under the new contracts, the NNPC will work alongside local and international energy companies.
The international companies attended Friday’s signing ceremony but made no comment.
The most common partnerships used by Nigeria are joint ventures and production-sharing agreements, which were first introduced in 1993 and have cumulatively accounted for about 40% of Nigeria’s oil production, NNPC said.
The companies pay the government in the form of royalties and tax as well as providing the state with oil and gas.
‘Seplat’s $1.28bn ExxonMobil Assets Acquisition, Contempt Of Court’
The Akwa Ibom State Government says President MuhammaduBuhari’s consent for Seplat Energy to acquire shallow water assets of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (the Nigerian arm of ExxonMobil Corporation) amounts to contempt of court.
Recall that President Buhari on Monday granted consent to the acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s Nigerian unit by Seplat Energy in a $1.28 billion deal announced in February.
But, the AkwaIbom State government said the transaction was subject to restraining orders of injunction of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, sitting in Uyo in Suits No. HEK/56/2018, between Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State V. Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and HU/209/2020, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited V. Governor of Akwa Ibom State and three others.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State, Uko Essien Udom, explained that ExxonMobil, Seplat Energy, NNPC Ltd and the Federal Government were all aware of the court order, as they were all served.
Udom expressed regret that President Buhari’s interference with the judicial process of a court of competent jurisdiction was sad and ill-advised, and was contemptuous of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State.
He warned that anyone who deals with the shares or assets of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited during the subsistence of the said orders and in the pendency of the above suits, was doing so at his or her own risk.
“ExxonMobil, Seplat Energy, NNPC Ltd and the Federal Government of Nigeria, all have actual knowledge of the court orders, having been duly served with the orders and/or various newspaper publications of same.
“This executive interference with the judicial process of a court of competent jurisdiction is sad and ill-advised, and is contemptuous of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State.
“The State urges the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission to take the above facts into consideration as it considers its position in this matter.
“Take notice, therefore, that anyone who deals with the shares or assets of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited during the subsistence of the said orders and in the pendency of the above suits does so at their own risk. Let the buyer beware,” he said.
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