Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited has promised to raise its investment portfolio in support of governments revival actions in the agriculture and education sectors.
The company promised to boost the capacities and capabilities of Nigerians in the oil and gas sector.
Speaking at the formal handover of a science laboratory to Benue State and the official inauguration of the Agro-Economic Empowerment Programme in Katsina State, Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts at Chevron, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing stated that the investments are aimed at developing the Nigerian economy.
Ewing, who was represented by Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Sam Otuonye, stated that the commitment was geared towards ensuring maximum positive impact on the economy.
“These deliberate efforts have resulted in employment generation, higher local contractors’ participation in the design and fabrication of facilities for the project and training,” he explained.
He stated that the Agro-based Economic Empowerment Development Project, which involved the provision of storage and Vegetable Preservation Processing Centre at Ajiwa community in Batagarawa Local Government, was designed to enhance the capacity of farmers and boost agriculture in Katsina state.
He said the project has already started yielding the desired results, as it has helped farmers within the community and other nearby communities to improve their capacities on modern irrigation techniques and business skills for entrepreneurial development.
He further stated that the science laboratory which was donated to Government College, Makurdi, Benue State, would help bring about an increase in knowledge in the areas of physics, biology and chemistry.
Ewing noted that the laboratories are fully equipped with modern apparatus and reagents to ensure it is conducive for teaching and learning, while he commended the government and people of Benue State for their collaboration in ensuring the success of the project.