Students from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) near Warri, Delta State, dazzled at the just-concluded Second Africa Geosciences Students Conference (AGSC), tagged “Ghana 2014”.
Following their impressive performance during the exercise, the FUPRE trio of Anine Lawrence, Eze Stanley and Rose Idoko have been chosen to represent the African region in the 2014 global Geosciences Mapping Exercise holding later in the year in the United States of America (USA).
The Vice-Chancellor of FUPRE, Prof John Ovwata Etu-Efeotor, disclosed this while hosting members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Warri Chapel led by Mr. Mike Ikeogwu at the Ogbomro campus of the university. FUPRE emerged second overall best institution during the exercise in Ghana, but its students did remarkably well in their respective categories, THISDAY learnt.
Of the six FUPRE students who submitted papers for the exercise, three students were invited, with Anine Lawrence adjudged as the "Best Poster Presenter"; Stanley Eze for "Technical Paper".
Nevertheless, the vice-chancellor emphasised that his administration was committed to the rapid development of the institution and has been reaching out towards the realisation of that objective.
Etu-Efeotor said that he would not encourage needless bickering and judicial battles with internal and external forces, which he noted had stalled progress in the university before his appointment, but was rather concentrating on an aggressive development programme for Nigeria’s first petroleum resources university.
He assured that the university would “immortalise any individual or corporate organisations” who supports FURPRE financially or otherwise, saying he was encouraged by positive responses from several quarters since assuming office.
He said, "FUPRE is making greater stride than what many people think; we have just had a team of students who went to Ghana and made waves and they are going to represent Africa in the World Geological Mapping Exercise holding in US. This is the kind of news we want to hear from the institution.”
Prof Etu-Efeotor, who noted that he would not “shy away from begging or asking people to bring their money for the development of the university", also revealed his erstwhile employers and oil multinationals, Exxon Mobil, were in the process of delivering N22 million worth of equipment to FUPRE.