Seplat JV donates laboratories to Edo schools

As part of efforts to foster innovative skills among students, the

NEPL/Seplat Energy JV Wednesday donated two Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) laboratories to New Era College and Edo Boys High School in Benin, Edo state.

The company said the laboratories would also serve as hubs of learning and prepare the students for the challenges of the 21st century.

The NEPL/Seplat energy had on April 14, 2023 donated similar equipped laboratory with internet subscription for a period of 12 months to Ihogbe College in Benin City.

The director of External Affairs & Social Performance of Seplat Energy, Chioma Afe, said the company is ready to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to provide quality education for residents.

Represented by Mrs. Esther Icha, the senior manager, Corporate Social Investment and Performance, Afe expressed optimism that the projects would enhance students understanding of STEAM.

“The STEAM Lab project is part of a comprehensive Seplat Innovators Programme (SIP), which complements the Seplat Teachers’ Empowerment Programme (STEP).

“The STEAM approach to learning is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to explore the connections between different subjects, ignite their curiosity and creativity, ” she stated.

Edo state Commissioner for Education, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Ero Ugiagbe, lauded the company’s commitment to empowering the next generation.


Reps mourn exit of Adewale Akinremi

By Joshua Egbodo


The House of Representatives has announced the passing of Prince Olaide Adewale Akinremi, affectionately known as Jagaban, who represented Ibadan North Federal Constituency under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by spokesman of the House, Akin Rotimi, Wednesday morning described the late lawmaker as “a distinguished and ranking member of the 10th assembly, Rep. Akinremi who served as chairman of the House Committee on Science Research Institutions passed away this morning, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, after a brief illness. He was aged 51.”

He said “Until his demise, the Oyo legislator was a dedicated public servant known for his unwavering commitment to the development of his constituency and the country at large. His passion for service, coupled with his deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of his people, earned him the endearing title of ‘Jagaban.’

“Throughout his tenure, he was a staunch advocate for policies and initiatives that promoted social welfare, economic growth, and scientific research. His contributions to legislative debates and his active participation in committee activities were a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“As a ranking member, Rep. Akinremi had keen institutional memory and was a mentor to many first-time parliamentarians, guiding them with wisdom gained from his extensive experience in legislative affairs.

“Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, PhD, expressed his profound sadness over the loss. “Rep. Akinremi Olaide Adewale was a beacon of dedication and service. His contributions to our legislative work, especially in the area of science and research, were invaluable. His passing is a great loss to the House, his constituency, and the nation. We will miss his leadership, wisdom, and the unique passion he brought to his work,” the Speaker stated.