Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company LTD( SNEPCO) has commissioned a science laboratory block fully furnished with modern science equipment and sufficient chemicals that would serve the school for a minimum of two years.
SHELL commissions modern laboratory complex in Arochukwu
The laboratory block at Aggrey Memorial Model College, Arochukwu is part of the company's educational support programme to help Nigeria youth to access quality science education.
Speaking during the commissioning , the Managing Director of the company, Mr Bayo Ojulari represented by the business development manager, Mr Segun Owolabi said Shell was committed to providing high quality educational facilities in public schools.
Mr Ojulari said the laboratory would provide conducive environment for teaching and learning of science as well as stimulate student interest in science subjects.
He stated that Shell through their subsidiaries and co ventures like NNPC have a long history of supporting education for the county's brighter future as 267 beneficiaries are currently enjoying various scholarship in secondary schools and 100 in universities across the country.
The Managing Director urged the students in the school to make adequate use of the facility in order to explore unlimited potentials in science technology Engineering and Mathematics.
Also Speaking, The Commissioner For Education, Prof Ikechi Mgboji represented by the Director of Scholarship in the ministry, Revd Christy Ibeji appreciated the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited for supporting education through scholarship and other initiatives such as awarding of grants to secondary school students , university undergraduates and cradle to career programme.
In her address on behalf of the Alumni Association, Mrs Grace Chiboagui Okaro commended the company for selecting the school to benefit from the donation of a modern integrated science and solar powered water borehole.
Mrs Okaro said that the gesture would serve as a positive challenged towards repositioning the school to its enviable position as one of the premier institutions and commended the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu's giant strides in education.
She called for the transfer of Abna Hall and the independence park where their founder, late Dr. Alvan Ikeokwu and wife were buried because of the emotional and sentimental attachment of their edifices to the school and students and promised that the association would renovate them if handed over to them.
Earlier, the principal of the school, Elder Peter Egbuta said the science laboratory would help improve the teaching and learning of science in the school and other neighbouring ones.
Mr Egbuta called for assistant in safeguarding the complex through employment of security and guarding the fencing of the school as well as called for renovation of classroom block , Examination Hall now in dilapidated condition.
Speaking on behalf Ndi Eze Aro, Mazi Barro Good luck thanked the company for sighting the laboratory science block and solar powered borehole at Aggrey Memorial Model college and expressed the hope that the students would benefit immensely from the facility.