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Addax Petroleum Cameroon Seals Partnership With University Of Buea, Donates FCFA 100 Million Lab Equipment 

By Isidore Abah

One of Cameroon’s leading petroleum exploration and production companies, Addax Petroleum Cameroon Company, has sealed its cooperation ties with the University of Buea, UB, by donating automated laboratory equipment to the Faculty of Engineering and Technology worth FCFA 97 million.

The equipment was transferred to the Anglo-Saxon university on Friday, April 10, 2015 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony in Buea, presided at by the Secretary General in the Ministry of Higher Education, Professor Horace Ngomo, who represented the Minister.

The equipment, a state-of-the-art laboratory, consisted of Turbine Flow meter 5-90 l/hr, set of 14 PLC programming software (packages for 12 users each+single package) mod. Software SW7/EV, Pressure transmitter, 0-6 bar , Pressure based liquid level sensor (different pressure transmitter), Level Control including PID controller, Flow-rate, level Pressure and Temperature Control, Educational Panel for PLC study and Centrifugal pumps in series and parallel test Bench, among others.

Welcoming the guest at the Amphitheatre 150 C, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Dr. Nalova Lyonga, expressed joy at the gesture. She said the importance of the equipment donated cannot be over-emphasised at a time when “the Government is laying emphasis on technical fields which shall help Cameroon become an emerging economy by 2035.”

To the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, FET, Prof. Emmanuel Tanyi, the equipment came as a “stitch in time at a period when the newly created faculty lacked the necessary equipment to train students in the various fields of engineering.” He promised to use the laboratory equipment judiciously for the benefit, not only of the students, but the nation as a whole.

Roger Beaumont, the President General Manager of Addax Petroleum Cameroon Company, said the donation of the equipment fell within the framework of Sinopec-Addax Petroleum’s Corporate Social Responsibility which focuses on relations with local communities in areas of Education, Health and general improvement of the living conditions of the population. According to Roger Beaumont, the donation of the state-of-the-art equipment to the Faculty of Engineering and Technology is a culmination of a request submitted by the University several years back, soliciting the help of Addax Petroleum to equip the newly created Faculty of Engineering and Technology and will help improve the quality of those trained locally for technical fields in companies around the country.

“This agreement we are celebrating today with UB is that of a win-win partnership in that the oil industry is in need of a qualified and competent work force. Drilling operations are both conceptual and practical, reason why, in addition to the equipment, Addax Petroleum Cameroon will offer opportunities for industrial training to the most deserving students of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology throughout their cycle of schooling in UB. This training during holidays will provide them with the necessary practical experience to meet up with the challenges, wherever they find themselves after graduation,” Beaumont asserted.

Beaumont, nonetheless, exhorted UB officials to use the equipment sustainably and for the purpose for which it is intended without charging students any additional school fees.

“Addax Petroleum Cameroon Company hopes that the equipment would be used exclusively for the purpose for which it is intended, without any subsequent increase in school fees, as the Public Investment Budget of the State usually makes provision for maintenance of equipment belonging to or which has been transferred to State ownership,” he cautioned.
The boss of Addax Petroleum Cameroon further stated that the donation of the automated lab equipment would concretise the company’s content strategy of enhancing and reinforcing the capacity of aspiring workers in the gas sector in Cameroon.

Presiding over the handing over ceremony, on behalf of the Minister of Higher Education, the Secretary General in the Ministry of Higher Education, Prof. Horace Ngomo Manga, congratulated the University of Buea Vice Chancellor for her dynamism. The Addax Petroleum-University of Buea partnership, the Secretary General went on, is an apt example of a public-private partnership which the Ministry of Higher Education emphasises on.

The Secretary General applauded the quality of the equipment and said they will not only be used to add quality to education, but will equally be used by all the students in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, irrespective of their specialties.

A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed between the President General Manager of Addax Petroleum Cameroon Company and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, which set the terms and conditions of sustainable management of the donated equipment.

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