Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has commissioned a N552 million engineering building with state-of-the-art equipment at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The project was jointly financed by the NLNG and the university.
The multi million Naira laboratory in the building was the fifth to be commissioned out of six of such projects executed across Nigerian universities under the University Support Programme of the NLNG.
Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who presided over the commission said that the Nigeria NLG has demonstrated commitment to its corporate social responsibility by donating the building and equipment to six universities in the country.
“Such largess”, according to the Governor “augurs well for the dividends of Nigeria natural endowment with mineral resources”
Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezilo, thanked the Nigeria LNG for sitting the project at the University of Nigeria.
He commended the Vice-Chancellor of the University for ensuring the project was committed despite the prevailing economic recession in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba , explained that agreement for the implementation of the project was signed between the University and Nigeria LNG in June, 2014, barely two weeks after his assumption of office as the 14th Vice-Chancellor.
According to him, both parties agreed to utilize a grant of N340 million from Nigeria LNG to construct the Engineering Laboratory Building and stock same with state-of-the-art equipment to promote teaching and research.
However, due to foreign exchange fluctuations that caught up with the implementation of the project, Ozumba said that the University had to inject extra N212.15 million to ensure that the project was completed and delivered.
Ozumba further explained that the Engineering Workshop and Laboratory Building occupies a total floor area of 1092.24 square metres with seven laboratories and seven supervisor offices.
“We have procured 36 different engineering workshop and laboratory equipment, 92 items of Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment and 180 pieces of furniture”, he said.
Ozumba thanked the NLNG for the University Support Programme initiative and for including the University of Nigeria in the first phase of the implementation.
The Managing Director of Nigeria LNG, Mr. Tony Attah , said the University Support Programme of NLNG was set up to provide “structured support for the development of research and scholarship in Nigeria.
He said that six universities across the six geopolitical zones in the country were selected to benefit from the first phase of the programme.
“In selecting the universities, excellence was the key determinant”, he said.