Total E&P Nigeria Limited, a member of the Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria has donated an Electronic Library to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.

Commissioning the project at the University’s main Library on the 20th of February, 2014, the Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District of the company, Mr. Charles Ngoka noted that the donation to RSUST was part of Total E&P corporate social responsibility aimed at giving back to the Nigerian society.

He stressed that the electronic library will enhance the availability of research materials for students and lecturers, stating “any investment in education is a worthy course. We have and we will continue to contribute meaningfully to the overall development of Nigeria and its people.”

Mr. Ngoka highlighted the project which includes, partitioning of provided space for the project; provision and installation of 50 Computer tables and chairs; office tables and chairs; installation of 50 units of Desktop Computers with their accessories; provision of 4 HP Colour Laser Jet Printers; provision and installation of 4 3HP Standing Air Conditioners and one 1.5HP Split Unit Air Conditioner in the office; provision and installation of e-Books with one year subscription; installation of Hotspot Gateway Access and Wi-Fi cards; provision and installation of one 40KVa Mantrac Generator and the construction of a Generator House with an office and a toilet.

He stated that the project which was valued at 55 million naira, was completed in 2012 under the supervision of her Corporate Strategic Projects Division, thanking her partners – Chevron, ESSO and Nexen for contributing to the project. He also thanked the contractors who worked to make the project a reality which he said are, Nmunachion Resources Limited; Bon Engineering Limited; Agimon Quality Services Nigeria Limited; Net Library Nigeria Limited; Bomitek and Mantrac Nigeria Limited.

He appreciated the authorities of the University for their co-operation in course of the project, urging her to make good use of the facility.

Mr. Charles Ngoka was represented at the commissioning by the Executive General Manager, Deep Water Administration, Mr. Joseph Ajilore. He was assisted in the commissioning by the Group General Manger of NAPIMS, Mr. Fidel Pepple represented by Miss Okeoghene Mena Ogor; the Deputy General Manager, Deep Water Corporate Social Responsibility/Public Affairs, Dr. (Mrs.) Nkoyo Attah; The Deputy General Manager, Sustainable Development, Mr. Cyprian Ojum and the Head, Deep Water Corporate Social Responsibility Projects, Mr. Christian Isaac.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Barineme Fakae expressed gratitude to God for laying it in the heart of Total E&P to initiate and complete the project which he described as worthy and commendable. He thanked the company for the kind donation.

Prof. Fakae said the project was coming at a time the University has moved in her ranking from 76th position to 19th and currently to the 12th position among the 124 Universities in the country, stating that RSUST is the place corporate organizations can invest and get value for their investment.

He revealed that part of the secret of the success of the institution was a resolve by the Senate of the University that strike was no longer an option. He said with the resolution, the institution’s Calendar has become sacred as it cannot be altered, adding that students can know the date of their graduation as they are administered with the Matriculation Oath.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Miebaka Ayotamuno lauded the authorities of Total E&P for the project, describing it as research-oriented one. He assured the company that the Electronic Library which was meant for research, will assist lecturers and students in their studies.

In her remarks, the Librarian of the University, Dame (Dr.) Blessing Ahiauzu thanked Total E&P and her partners for the donation. She appreciated the University Management for her support towards the completion of the project and acknowledged the contributions of the entire staff at the Library for their co-operation during the project.