The facility includes workstations, servers, 27kva generator and others.
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, (SNEPCO), on Friday inaugurated an Information Communications Technology Centre it built for the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar.
The centre was handed over to the CRUTECH management by Chike Onyejekwe, SNEPCo’s Managing Director, at a ceremony at the institution’s main campus.
Mr. Onyejekwe said the N60 million centre had a furnished ICT block, 50 workstations with uninterrupted power units, a server, two printers and software.
Represented at the occasion by Ijere Kanu, the company’s Business Manager, Mr. Onyejekwe said that SNEPCo also provided a 27KVA sound-proof generator for the facility.
“The package includes Internet connectivity with a fully paid three-year subscription as well as a one-year maintenance arrangement. Most importantly, the package includes IT training for lecturers,” he said.
He urged the university management to maintain and sustain the centre for future generation of students, adding that SNEPCO would continue to advise and guide the authorities on the facility.
Mr. Onyejekwe said the centre was built for CRUTECH “on behalf of SNEPCo and our co-ventures’’ in its capacity as the operator of production sharing contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In his address, Peter Ogbang, Chancellor and Chairman of CRUTECH’s Governing Council, commended the donors for their vision to contribute to the development of computer literacy in Nigeria through ICT projects.
“This donation is very welcomed at this time of bridging the digital divide that has turned the world into a global village,” he said.
Mr. Ogbang said the university would in the near future begin an e-learning long distance education programme which would require high speed Internet running on a fibre backbone
“I assure you that this centre will be used for learning and research by our students. Management will maintain and sustain the centre for future generation of students,’’ he said.
In his remark Governor Liyel Imoke urged CRUTECH’s management to take good care of the facility for the students and the university community, adding that the project was dear to the State Government.
He said that the State Government was desirous that its citizens were computer literate; adding that facility at CRUTECH was an encouraging step by SNEPCo.
“We will also appreciate that the students make good use of the facility. We urge you to take immediate advantage of this. We urge other companies to emulate the donors,’’ Mr. Imoke said.