The Geology Department of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone yesterday received equipments worth US$172,000 from Petroleum Directorate and TGS NOPEC Company.
Speaking at the Handing over ceremony held at the conference hall of FBC, the Head of Geological Department, Dr. Mustapha Thomas said ‘he will never forget what the Petroleum Directorate has done for the geological department.’
He said the presentation signals a successful journey that the department had embarked on since 2015, which was transformed into a project and signed early this 2017.
The project, he said, is based on basic assessment of the department by the Director of Petroleum Directorate, Raymond Kargbo, during an unannounced visit he made.
He claimed, however, that when he took over as head of department, available geo-service books in the improvised library were antique, and there was equipment graveyard in the instrument room, with chemical balances completely out of balance- expired.
“We embarked on a rebranding process of which our first port of call was the Petroleum Directorate where 90% of the workers are from the department and the Director, Raymond Kargbo, identified himself with the rebranding process,” Dr. Thomas maintained.
He revealed that the equipment and books cost US$172,000 and thanked Raymond Kargbo for finding the donors and for facilitating the project.
Dean of Faculty Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. Evelyn Carew thanked the Petroleum Directorate for their support to the department.
Representative of the Vice Chancellor and Special Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Badamasi Savage said also that he is happy that an alumnus of the college had facilitated such a development and called on all other alumni to follow same.
The Director of Petroleum Directorate, Raymond Kargbo, explained in clear terms that what they have done is part of their corporate social responsibility as a Directorate.
He said the key barrier to the local content is the absence of professional capacity as that is the reason they are supporting the capacity development of Sierra Leone.
Tanya Nerwanger, Vice President African-Middle East TGS-NOPEC Geophysic co. said ‘they are responsible to the community and the environment where they work.’
However, the petroleum directorate has focused on reassessing available seismic and well data to change the oil and gas exploration narrative through a much better means such as supporting the geological department in the equipment of its laboratory.
It is also believed that with such a contribution from the petroleum directorate there is obviously going to be a better geological education in the faculty of applied sciences at FBC.
The Presentation of equipment climaxed the occasion.