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Nigeria: Total, Docag Boost Research, Development

Efforts by stakeholders to enthrone the culture of good quality research and development in the Nigerian universities has received a boost, as Total Upstream Nigeria Limited and the Deep Offshore Community Affairs Group (DOCAG) have commissioned an e-library at the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

Speaking when handing over the facility to the school in Calabar recently, the Chairman of DOCAG, Mr. Joseph Adeyemi, said the facility would make significant impact on the quality of learning and consequently enhance the quality of graduates coming through the university.

Adeyemi, who was represented by the Vice Chairman of DOCAG, Mr. Nyako Attah, also urged the university community, students and staff to make the best use of the facility for meaningful research and development.

"The development of human capital in our areas of operation is one of the cardinal objectives of our community development efforts and this has led to the choice of University of Calabar (UNICAL) as the beneficiary of this project," he said.

He called on other stakeholders to support high quality research and development in the tertiary institutions in other to foster human capital development in the country.

The e-library involves the renovation of an existing hall in the institution; provision and installation of air conditioners; partitioning of the hall into a library and two offices for library staff; furnishing the offices and provision of 100 computer systems with accessories and operating systems.

Also included are the provision of customised computer tables and 100 chairs; provision of internet server infrastructure, VSAT, networking, software, e-books and accessories; provision and installation of an inverter; payment of subscription and internet services for one year; provision and installation of a 40KVA soundproof generator to power the e-library and training of UNICAL staff who will be responsible for running the electronics library.

Speaking when he received the facility, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke, commended Total and DOCAG and assured that the university would maintain the library by ensuring its proper use for research and other academic works.

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