NNPC/SPDC JV Reiterates Commitment To Sustainable Development Projects

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Mohammed Shosanya

The NNPC Ltd and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), through its Joint Venture partnership, have reiterated their commitment to impact on lives through sustainable development projects in Nigeria.

This was announced by the two companies during the commissioning of a state-of-the-art ICT Centre at the Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG), built by the NNPC/SPDC JV, on Thursday, according to a statement signed by Femi Soneye,spokesman of the NNPCL.

Speaking during the 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.

“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.

He 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.

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

He advocated the need 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.

Speaking,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 houses a Wi-Fi lounge, computer laboratories, conference rooms, lecture halls, office spaces, and a combined 3D printing and hardware lab.

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