Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Babs Omotowa, on Saturday commisioned a N340 million multi-user laboratory built by the firm at the Faculty of Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria.
Omotowa spoke at the occasion, said the company was constructing a multi-user laboratory in a selected university in each of the six geopolitical zones.
He said the NLNG had a vision of building of a better Nigeria, and noted that the company had been a major financial contributor to Nigeria’s economy since 1999.
“NLNG today supplies about 80 per cent of the domestic cooking gas being used by Nigerians apart from awarding scholarships to students in science and technology and other courses,” he said.
According to him, any country without science and technology will certainly be left behind.
He said that the benefiting universities from each of the geopolitical zones were selected based on merit, through the world and national ranking of the universities.
The managing director said that the laboratories were meant not only to speed up progress of ABU, but also to facilitate national growth and development.
The ABU Vice-Chancellor, Ibrahim Garba, said the multi-user laboratory was the first of its kind and first to be inaugurated in the entire country.
“It is now possible for students and researchers to compete favourably in real time with their colleagues across the globe,” he noted.
The multi-user laboratory with six different laboratories was furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.