• Tasks students on reading habit to improve knowledge, capacity
• Awards $319m contract for new consulate building in Lagos
The Public Affairs Officer (PRO) of the United States (U.S.) Consulate, Stephen Ibeli, yesterday, urged students to read books to improve their knowledge and capacity.
Ibeli gave the advice during his official visit and donation of books worth $24,000 to Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The Consulate PRO, who charged the students of the university to make proper use of the books, said: “We are happy to be here. We looked for the way to help. One of the ways to do that is working with the university to identify a need and that need is provision of books. As we love to invest in people, education, development and the future, we felt that provision of books is the best approach in which to partner with university.”
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adeniyi Olatunbosun, said the development was a landmark event, adding: “We are very excited about the donation. The supply is need-based. It will promote research profile and academic activities of the school. Others should emulate the gesture of the Consulate.”
MEANWHILE, the U.S. Department of State has awarded Pernix Federal, LLC of Lombard, Illinois, the $319 million design-build contract for the new U.S. Consulate building in Lagos.
The announcement was made in a statement by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.
According to the statement, the 12.2-acre site for the new Consulate building is part of Eko Atlantic, a development led by South Energyx Nigeria Limited, in collaboration with Lagos State.