The General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs of the multi-national oil company Deji Haastrup said the money was spent in the provision of scholarship, building classrooms, buying and supply of textbooks.
Haastrup made the disclosure at the Exhibition/Prize-Giving ceremony of the eleventh edition of the 2016 National Art Competition for Nigerian Secondary Schools with the theme “Waste in Wealth” in Asaba, Delta State.
He said the oil firm in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education initiated the National Art Competition for secondary school students in 2004 and that over $25 million has so far been invested in the Nation’s educational system.
The general manager of the company noted that the establishment has contributed to the growth and sustenance of creative arts in Nigeria by nurturing the interest of students in the National Art Competition.
He also added that the National competition was an investment aimed at improving the lives of young Nigerians now and in the future as well as continues to inculcate in them the virtue of healthy competition.
“The National Art Competition is, for us, an enduring investment in education and our contribution to the growth and sustenance of creative arts in Nigeria by nurturing the interest of students in the related courses. An artist brings to life what has already been created in the mind; this requires deep thinking and extensive imagination skill.
“It is also an investment aimed at improving the lives of our young star now and in the future even as we continue to inculcate in them the virtue of healthy competition. This is how we reward the winner with scholarship”, he stated.
Haastrup posited that the aimed of the theme was geared towards stimulating creative and problem solving goldmine in kid-artists as well as in line with the company commitment to continue to undertake activities that would create wealth for Nigerians and contribute to the growth of the economy.
“We are encouraged by the strides that past winners of this competition are making in their respective endeavours. Many of them are currently studying art related course in various schools in and outside the country. Through this competition, some have become more convinced about their artist endowments”, he said.
Twenty students and 18 teachers from various schools across the country that participated in the competition were presented with prizes and awards.
In his remark, the Group General Manager NAPIMS, Dafe Sejebor commended the Joint Venture Partnership, Chevron Nigeria Limited for their commitment to the competition.
Sejebor assured that NAPIMS will continue to partner with Chevron and other relevant stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to ensure that they contributed to the growth and development of young minds in the country especially in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment.
“I believe that art is part of our everyday life. Many of us perform artistic roles at one time or the other without even knowing it. To our young ones that are being celebrated today, my message to you is to hold on to your talent and become exceptional among your peers.
“NAPIMS will continue to partner with Chevron and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that we contribute to the growth and development