NNPC Ltd, SPDC inaugurate ultra-modern ICT center at Bauchi University

Photo: The DG Bureau for ICT, Bauchi State, Alh Hayatuddeen Babamaji cuts the tape to commission the state-of-the-art ICT Centre built by the NNPC/SPDC JV, at the Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG), on Thursday. On his right is the representative of the Chief Upstream Investment Officer (CUIO), NNPC Ltd, Mr. Sani Kabo; while on his left are the representative of the Chancellor of the University and Sarkin Darazo, Alh. Babayo Darazo and the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Fatima Tahir.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), through their joint venture, have commissioned a state-of-the-art ICT center at Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG). 

The ultra-modern facility, built by the NNPC/SPDC JV, aims to support sustainable development and positively impact lives in Nigeria.

During the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, July 4, 2024, representatives from NNPC Ltd and SPDC reiterated their commitment to delivering projects that drive progress and improve access to quality education. The ICT center is expected to enhance digital literacy and provide students with the necessary skills for the 21st-century job market.

The NNPC/SPDC JV has a long history of supporting education and community development initiatives across Nigeria. Through its scholarship programs, the joint venture has supported thousands of students, many of whom have become leaders in various fields. The partnership also collaborates with government agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to deliver transformative projects in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking during a colourful commissioning ceremony held at the university in Gadau, Bauchi State, NNPC Limited's Chief Upstream Investment Officer (CUIO) Mr. Bala Wunti, said CSR has always been the hallmark of the NNPC-SPDC JV CSR commitments.

Photo: A view of the state-of-the-art ICT Centre at the Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG), built by the NNPC/SPDC JV, shortly after its commissioning, on Thursday.

“Today’s historic commissioning of this ultra-modern ICT Centre at the BASUG is a testament to the positive and sustainable impact of the oil and gas industry on Nigerians,” Wunti, who was represented by the Head, Business Services, NUIMS, Mr. Sani Kabo, said.

He observed that for several decades, the JV has consistently invested in impactful CSR initiatives across the length and breadth of the country.

Wunti further noted that the successful completion of the ICT centre exemplifies NNPC Ltd.’s commitment to contributing to sustainable development, improving access to quality education and fostering innovation in Nigeria.

While commending the impact of the JV on the community, Wunti also thanked the locals for their tremendous support and hospitality towards the project.

He called for continuous support from the Bauchi and Gombe State governments, traditional institutions and members of the various host communities in the area, especially towards the Kolmani Integrated Development Project.

On his part, the Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, described the commissioning as another crucial social investment project completed by the JV in the North-East Nigeria."

Osagie, who acknowledged the collaborative effort of both parties in the JV, observed that the journey to establish the facility was driven by a vision to enhance critical educational infrastructure, support access to high-demand IT skills, and inspire the growth of the IT ecosystem in Bauchi State and northeast Nigeria. 

The state-of-the-art facility, according to a press release signed by Olufemi Soneye,
Chief Corporate Communications Officer, 
NNPC Ltd, houses a Wi-Fi lounge, computer laboratories, conference rooms, lecture halls, office spaces, and a combined 3D printing and hardware lab. 

The centre is also equipped with smart interactive boards and high-performance computers for students, creating a conducive environment for learning and innovation.
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