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We’ve stake in fixing Nigeria’s petroleum disaster — FUPRE VC



Pleads for extra funding

By Kelechukwu Iruoma

MANAGEMENT of the  Federal College of Petroleum Assets, FUPRe, Effurun, has stated that the establishment has the potentials to resolve Nigeria’s gas disaster, however lack of funds is destroying the instinct’s imaginative and prescient of being probably the greatest universities on the planet.

The establishment’s Vice- Chancellor, Professor Akaehomen Ibhadode, who stated this when he and his group paid a courtesy go to to Vanguard headquarters in Lagos, nonetheless, referred to as on the Federal Authorities to show its consideration to the establishment to assist clear up the infrastructure and different funding challenges limiting its development.

He stated: “As a petroleum college, we have now a stake in fixing this drawback (petrol disaster). We’ve been toying with the thought of mini refineries and you discover out that even now, we have now scarcity of petroleum merchandise. With our little assets, we have now been capable of provide you with designs and at this level, we’re in search of partnership and sponsorship from authorities or the personal sector to actualise the designs in bodily kind.”


He famous that the establishment is attempting to work with the marginal area operators, however due to  monetary challenges, the establishment has not been capable of provide you with one thing workable. “We need to be challenged as a petroleum college to construct mini refineries and we’re prepared for that, and if we’re capable of create mini refineries, we are able to replicate it all around the nation and past, particularly in Africa. It’s going to create employment and alter the financial face of the nation.”

FUPRE, a specialised petroleum college, was established by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007 to coach excessive degree manpower for the oil and fuel trade, with a take-off grant of N500 million. Since then, no different grant has been given to the establishment.

He stated different new universities obtain N6 billion take-off grant. “Sadly, not sufficient assets are put in place to attain that mandate. It’s the primary petroleum college in Africa and the sixth on the planet. We have to draw the eye of the federal government that set it up because the proprietor and the sector (schooling), that we’re working in a scenario the place we may be of worth to the trade (petroleum) and likewise to the nation,” he added.

He stated that as big of Africa and exhibiting by Nigeria’s assets by way of inhabitants and landmass, Nigeria has every thing. “These are issues that may make us actually tick. Consideration needs to be drawn to the college. We are able to draw assets from the federal government that can have the ability to make us to attain extra. Sadly, that has not been so. It’s after 10 years of building the college that we now have an act which was signed by the Nationwide Meeting and signed into legislation final yr by the president.”

“Each college is shouting we do not need cash however we need to transcend that. What we need to set up is that we have now potentials that we are able to deploy to have the ability to leverage on them and entice extra assets. We need to announce to the world that we have now executed fairly a few issues and as a specialised college, we are able to commercialise or companion with organisations to have the ability to carry answer to the oil trade and the allied industries such that we make life higher for Nigerians,” stated Akaehome.

He stated that the establishment is in search of partnership and sponsorship from authorities or the personal sector to have the ability to actualise the design of the refineries within the bodily kind, together with manufacturing and drilling platforms.

“FUPRE is a specialised college with some particular funding for infrastructural growth and analysis functions. However sadly the implementation of that has not been captured within the 2018 funds. We try to see how that may be executed. It seems it might be too late however it’s for us to create consciousness that there’s want to speculate on this college as a result of by doing that we are going to be creating larger worth for the system, particularly within the petroleum sector.

“As a petroleum producing nation, it’s not misplaced to have a specialised college. There’s the necessity for it as a result of it can assist to drive the trade for a larger efficiency and elevated native content material participation. By the specialize nature, we prepare our college students proper from the start with some specialist data that can assist them to work them into the world of oil ready. That’s the intention and that’s what we’re driving at,” he stated.

He stated the establishment floated an organization that’s registered with the Company Affairs Fee, CAC, together with the United Africa Firm, UAC. “It’s referred to as FUPre vitality options Restricted, the place we’re offering consultancy and coaching providers to the oil and fuel sector. We’re driving that very arduous. We’ve this worldwide collaboration-we have international college students coming for internship to spend about three to 4 months. After they come, they take part within the analysis we’re doing. They take part in studying.”

“We’re doing these items to create worth for the system and for the trade by which we’re imagined to function. We try to extend the worth we need to ship. We’re sending our postgraduate program specifically tailor-made for the oil trade to Nationwide Universities Fee, NUC for approval and in that we hope that we should always have the ability to entice the scholars which might be being despatched overseas by Petroleum Belief Improvement Fund, PTDF which value fairly some huge cash.”

“We really feel that if a part of that money-just just a little fraction of that cash spent by PTDF- is deplored to offering extra amenities for us to have the ability to entice worldwide consultants that can save some huge cash for the nation. These are the areas we’re to extend the native content material participation within the trade and to have the ability to present merchandise for the petroleum trade for the nation. We’re not begging. We’re difficult the trade, the federal government and traders to return as a result of we’re prepared to resolve issues and in fixing drawback, we’re going to create wealth and higher so much,” The VC stated.

The establishment’s registrar, Mr. Ejikeme Ichendu stated that the federal government had an excellent imaginative and prescient for organising that college as a specialised petroleum college within the nation, however sadly it’s one factor to arrange a college and it’s one other factor to make sure that the college is supported to run.

“In our personal scenario, the federal government has not executed very nicely in any respect. It has not executed nicely as a result of we’re affected by critical underfunding. The potentials that I’ve seen in that college are sufficient to get that college to the extent that it will probably compete with any college on the planet. There’s nothing in these universities (international) that can’t be replicated right here. These universities have been established by their numerous authorities and delivered to the extent they’re right this moment by males. The identical males are on this nation and FUPRE.

He urged the federal government to show its consideration to the college. In accordance with Ichendu, for 10 years the college was established by the federal government, it didn’t have an act establishing it till October final yr and it was because of battle.

“There are clauses in that invoice that if they’re carried out will carry lots of hope and succour to the college. Within the invoice, there are clauses for the petroleum ministry, PTDF, Nigeria content material board to assist the college with two p.c of their annual funds. We imagine that if that’s executed, we are going to not cry for cash. However what it’s right this moment is pathetic,” he stated.

“I’m not being sentimental and I don’t owe apologies to anyone for what I need to day- The North East Improvement Fee invoice was signed two weeks after FUPRE invoice was signed into legislation.

“However in 2018 funds, the NEDC invoice has 46 billion proposed within the funds whereas FUPRE that was signed earlier than that didn’t seize within the 2018 funds. Once more we have now gone to authorities which might be supposed to help in that path. The response we’re getting is that the presidency doesn’t settle for supplementary funds that we have now to attend till 2019. What a pity for a specialised college that was established to coach excessive degree manpower within the oil and fuel trade. Until the following 5 a long time, oil and fuel will proceed to be the motive force of our economic system and the sooner authorities paid consideration to it, the higher for us,” he said.





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When ex-students rescue alma mater with N.7m chairs/tables



WARRI—KOKO, headquarters of Warri North Native Authorities Space was agog final Friday when Iwerre School Outdated College students Affiliation, ICOSA, donated chairs and tables valued at about N700,000 to the college.

*The chairs donated by outdated college students

An elated Principal of the college, Mrs Iyabo Enukpere  in her tackle mentioned seats had been a part of the key problem within the faculty, noting that at a time college students had been sitting on naked ground, a state of affairs that compelled her to succeed in out to a number of corporations and organisations for help.

She thanked the outdated college students for coming again to offer to their secondary faculty, urging them to do extra.

Mrs Enukpere additionally enjoined  them to assist press for extra lecturers to be posted to the college, stressing that  the college in the intervening time, wanted  lecturers in some science topic areas and Authorities.

“We admire what you could have finished for us. I admitted college students into SS1 at a time there have been no seats. I went to Complete and a number of other different corporations round to beg for seats. To crown all of it, you could have given us seats, we’re grateful.

“We’ll at all times ask for extra.   Authorities is doing its greatest. We’ll need you to help the efforts of presidency to maintain the glory of the college. We don’t have sufficient instructing workers. Till authorities closes this hole, association will be made for lecturers to help the college,” she mentioned

Interim Nationwide President of the physique, Mr. Eyinsan Esiegbuya throughout the presentation assured that the outdated college students would proceed to help the expansion of the college and appealed to outdated college students but to determine with the physique to come back ahead.

He mentioned the college turned out its first graduates in 1973/74, including that as outdated college students, they had been impressed with the sanitary situation of the college after they got here in for the donation.

Esiegbuya appealed to the scholars to shun any temptation to take pleasure in acts of cultism and urged them to take their research significantly.

He additional promised that the outdated college students would take steps to see how they’d redress challenges of instructing workers and associated issues within the faculty.

He mentioned the outdated college students had been already working to make sure that the golden jubilee of the college by 2020 can be properly celebrated.

“We perceive the present challenges with shortages of educational workers in key topics like arithmetic and sciences thereby leaving the college laboratory and tools to moths, cobwebs and mud with dire impacts on scholar educational efficiency. We will try to attract  authorities consideration to the college in these areas that want authorities’s consideration,” he mentioned.

The scholars later did a particular dance for the outdated college students, thanking them for his or her help.


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2018 UTME: JAMB urges candidates to patiently await outcomes as exams finish



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged its 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates to patiently await the outcomes of the simply concluded examinations.

Candidates writing JAMB UTME.

The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, acknowledged this in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

He stated the board was working diligently to make sure that the outcomes are processed and posted on the board’s web site soonest.

Benjamin stated that modalities had been being put in place to make sure all the outcomes are clear and correct.

He reiterated that the board was delaying among the outcomes as a result of every has to bear complete scrutiny earlier than being posted on its web site to keep away from cancellations later.

In line with him, among the outcomes can be prepared by Monday, March 19.

He additionally assured that each one technical difficulties encountered to entry the web site had been being addressed.

Quite a lot of candidates, who sat for the examinations earlier, had been but to obtain their outcomes.

Whereas some stated that they obtained the reply of “your outcomes aren’t prepared but”, others complained that the location says “you didn’t register for this examinations.’’

The examination, which was scheduled to finish on Saturday, March 17, ended on Friday, March 16. (NAN)


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FG to energy varsities with photo voltaic vitality – Osinbajo



*Will full main tasks within the sector, VP provides
*African Growth Financial institution to assist Transmission Firm of Nigeria, Jigawa Photo voltaic mission with $410m, $1.5m respectively

VICE President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has mentioned that ‘regardless of the sectoral challenges, the Buhari administration will full main tasks that can enhance the facility sector within the nation and in addition implement a plan that can present photo voltaic vitality in a lot of universities within the nation.

Prof. Osinbajo said this Friday on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he acquired a delegation from the African Growth Financial institution (AfDB) led by the financial institution’s Vice President for Energy, Vitality, Local weather Change & Inexperienced Progress Advanced, Mr. Amadou Hott.

The Vice President famous that the Buhari administration, by numerous tasks, is making extra efforts to make sure there’s improved energy provide nationwide.

One in all such tasks, Prof. Osinbajo famous, was the Federal Authorities’s Energising Schooling Programme (EEP), which is a key part of its Financial Restoration and Progress Plan (ERGP) and Energy Sector Reform Programme (PSRP).

The mission, which is being carried out by the Rural Electrification Company (REA), is anticipated to energy Federal Universities and Educating Hospitals with Photo voltaic vitality.

The primary section of the mission will embrace 9 federal universities and one instructing hospital.

The Vice President mentioned it was an necessary mission for presidency as it will “enhance common satisfaction and create an environment the place educational actions can thrive and go undisturbed.”

Whereas noting that the Federal Authorities has made budgetary allocation to fund the mission in a few of the federal universities, the Vice President mentioned the Financial institution’s assist would even be welcome.

“As (the President of AfDB) Adesina would at all times say, “Mild up and energy Africa”, I might say it’s good to gentle up Nigeria additionally,” he mentioned.

Prof. Osinbajo thanked the AfDB for the nice assist it’s giving the TCN transmission mission and within the coaching of its engineers, including that the Federal Authorities would at all times be able to assist the financial institution in finishing up its initiatives within the nation.

The AfDB is supporting the coaching of 300 engineers from the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) by a programme with the Nationwide Energy Coaching Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).

In the identical vein, the Vice President mentioned the Federal Authorities welcomed the AfDB’s assist for photo voltaic Impartial Energy Initiatives (IPP) within the nation.

The Financial institution famous that it will assist photo voltaic IPPs within the nation by completely different tasks.

In his remarks, the AfDB VP mentioned the financial institution has a programme to assist the photo voltaic mission within the nation with $477m, and one other $150m for different tasks.

He mentioned, “We’re on the verge of approving grant cash of $1.5m to assist the Jigawa photo voltaic mission, a brand new initiative of as much as 1,000 MW; the primary section can be 100MW. We’ve agreed to assist the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) with a complete of $410m for crucial transmission mission, which was initially $200m. We expect to have this approval by September relying on the research and different work that must be performed.”

Hott additional mentioned the AfDB plans to supply $300m to assist the Federal Authorities’s energy sector restoration programme; or the FG’s deliberate funding in energy distribution firms to allow them to unlock 2,000MW of stranded energy.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and different senior authorities officers have been in attendance on the assembly.


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