The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) today inaugurated a Professorial Chair for Lightweight Automobile Engine Development at Federal University of Petroleum Resources, (FUPRE) Effurun, Delta State.

Speaking on the occasion, SPDC General Manager, External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli, who was represented by Dr. Alice Ajeh, Manager, Stakeholders Relations, said  the FUPRE professorial chair was one of the six active  Professorial Chairs  in universities in the area of relevant to the oil and gas business. The others are,  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (Geophysics), the University of Port Harcourt (Petroleum Engineering), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Mechanical Engineering),University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (Environmental Management and Control) and University of Uyo (Biodiversity and Climate Change,)

He said these chairs have proven that given the right support, Nigeria universities could produce globally competitive talents like the Optiwell Well-bore stability management software developed by outgone SPDC JV Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt.

According to him. many other results have been achieved through the various linkages with universities sabbatical and research internship programme as well as the Shell summer school. He said the FUBRE'S Eco-marathon team was an eloquent testimony how far Nigerian students show their capacity for global competitiveness.

Mr. Igo Weli said the endowment of the FUPRE Professorial Chair for Lightweight Automobile Engine Development in the heartland of Niger Delta was an opportunity to further demonstrate SPDC commitment to grow local content and encourage responsible energy usage.

He said the endowment was another testimony of Shell history of supporting education through scholarship and other initiatives from secondary school education to postgraduate studies within and outside Nigeria. "For example in 2016, SPDC JV and SNEPCo invested $5.4m dollars in scholarships. In the last five years, we have provided grants to 7652 secondary school students and 4435 university students"

Also speaking on the occasion the member representing Uvwie local government in the state house of Assembly Hon. Efe Ofobruku appealed to SPDC to return to Warri, Delta state saying "we have changed. You do not know what you have until you have lost it" and that  Warri, Effurun and environs was now very peaceful

He said the FUPRE Professorial Chair for Lightweight Automobile Engine Development was in line with Gov. Okowa smart agenda and appealed to SPDC to do more for the state's other higher institutions

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