By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
The management of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has statedÂ that the company has reduced gas flaring from 65 percent to 20 percentÂ in the country.According, Nigeria is no longer in the league of top five gas flaringÂ countries in the world.
Managing Director, NLNG Babs Omotowa said this in Ilorin, the KwaraÂ state capital at the commissioning of NLNG/University IlorinÂ Engineering Research Centre.
Omotowa said that through the companyâ€™s university support programme,Â NLNG is investment a sum of $12 million in six universities in theÂ country.
He said, â€œWe were the second highest gas flaring nation in the world.Â Through the construction of the six trains we have in NLNG we haveÂ helped to bring that down to about 20 percent and today we are no
longer top five gas flaring countries in the world.
â€œSo we are very proud that we have contributed to the environmentalÂ improvement in the country and the health implications of that.
â€œIn addition, we provide a significant source of revenue for theÂ nation and are also today supplying a vast majority of the cooking gasÂ used in many homes in Nigeria today.â€
NLNG boss added the one of the companyâ€™s â€œapproaches is to developÂ Nigerian human capital and foster technological advancement in ourÂ great country. We recognize that universities are one of the criticalÂ fertile grounds from which ideas to fast-track Nigeriaâ€™s progress willÂ spring from.
â€œWith this programme Nigeria LNG is partnering with six universitiesÂ in Nigeria to uplift engineering teaching and research in our tertiaryÂ institutions. On its part, Nigeria LNG invested two million Dollars
each to build and equip world-class engineering facilities in theseÂ schools.â€