Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited (a Chevron firm) and its Co-ventures in the Agbami Field have commended the 289 University of Lagos (UNILAG) graduates under their scholarship scheme.
The companies made the commendation in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos by Esimaje Brikinn, the General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited.
According to Brikinn, 32 out of the 289 scholars, who graduated with First Class honours in 2016 are a great boost to the scheme.
The scholarship tagged: “Agbami Medical and Engineering Professional Scholarship (AMEPS) Scheme’’ was established in 2009 to bridge the gap in the nations’ supply of engineering and medical professionals.
The other Co-ventures are; Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Famfa Oil Limited, Statoil Nigeria Limited and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited.
The statement also quoted Lanre Kalejaiye, the Acting Director, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited as saying “the Co-ventures’ are happy with the impart of AMEPS.’’
“We congratulate all the beneficiaries of the Agbami Medical and Engineering Professional Scholarship in the University of Lagos.
“We especially commend the 32 who graduated with First Class Degrees. They are all valuable ambassadors of AMEPS,” Kalejaiye said.
Brikinn noted that since its inception to date, more than N7.5 billion had been spent on AMEPS with over 15,000 young Nigerian beneficiaries, adding that 310 of them graduated with First Class honours.
As at the end of 2016, more than 9,000 of the beneficiaries have graduated from the scheme, while a total of 6,500 are currently on the scheme.
“The Agbami Co-Venturers have also provided strategic support to the development of education by donating 26 fully equipped science laboratory complexes, plus six hybrid and two conventional libraries to schools across the country.’’
The Agbami Field is located approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) offshore Nigeria.
It is presently the single largest oil field in deep water West Africa. It commenced production in July 2008.
At peak production, the Agbami project contributes 250,000 barrels of oil per day to Nigeria’s total oil production.