In February 2021, Seplat Energy in partnership with the Sapele Okpe Community in Delta State, expanded access to equal and qualitative higher education with the commissioning of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Sapele Teaching Centre, in Delta State.
The project and the accreditation of the centre which cost over One Hundred and Twenty-six Million Naira (N126m) was funded from NPDC/SEPLAT JV fund allocation to the Sapele Okpe Community under its Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) to Host Oil and Gas Producing Communities by Seplat Energy. Seplat Energy’s civil engineers' team supervised the project and ensured timely project delivery and value for money.
Seplat Energy commended and congratulated the community for cooperating with it in the selection and execution of the project, adding that education is key to economic, political and social dynamics of the society. The teaching centre is expected to make education available and close to the citizenry both in the rural or urban areas of Sapele, Ethiope West and Okpe Local Government Areas and the environs including providing many women who would not have had the opportunity to attend University outside their area of resident because of the need to take care of their family and in certain cases, support them financially by pursuing daily economic activities.
The access to quality open and distance education in Sapele is also expected to boost the local economy and significantly reduce the cost of access to quality education.