The Malaysian giant company, the PETRONAS is scaling up to exploit Africa natural resources for betterment of African people through education and provision of clean water.
With its large population of the 15 per cent of the world’s population, the African continent has remained the poorest continent for centuries though it has eight per cent of the world’s natural gas reserves and can potentially be a source of hydroelectric power, solar energy and geothermal energy.
Unlocking the potentials of Young Africans for bright future
With the large population in Africa, PETRONAS has embarked on education projects to give Africans access to education opportunities to unlock and reach their potentials. The giant oil company educational support programmes have been initiated for young Africans to prepare them to embrace and combat challenges related to job security, economic growth, and national development.
PETRONAS, through its various ventures in the upstream sector and ENGEN in the downstream space have collaborated with local government and authorities to provide financial aid for primary, secondary, and tertiary students in the form of support programmes; bursaries, education scholarships, and facilities for students across Africa. Among the support initiatives include PETRONAS Local Universities Scholarship (PLUS), PETRONAS School Library refurbishment in 2018 and the PETRONAS Mobile Library in Sudan.
PETRONAS consider education as a priority to equip the students for the future workforce and to combat the global economy challenges facing the world. Under education project, PETRONAS and ENGEN have been strongly advocating for Mathematics and Science; helping more than 1,600 students and their families in South Africa in 2017. The giant company offers scholarships to African students in the fields of Oil and Gas, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Information Communication Technology.
In an ongoing effort to create and develop Africa’s future leaders, this year more than 70 new groups of scholarships for university education has been approved and through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, PETRONAS has also supported more than 500 students across all of Africa in pursuing their higher education ambitions through scholarships at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (PETRONAS Technology University) in Malaysia.
Getting the basics right – Access to clean water
Although the company has been facing growing criticism over the contamination of water in Upper Nile region of South Sudan, the giant company has embarked on water project to provide clean water to people in sub-Saharan Africa. In September 2018, PETRONAS launched ‘Water for Life’ project to provide clean water to people around and within Juba City.
Though the project is believed to benefit 40,000 people, there is still a wider criticism against the company for failing to address water contamination around oil field in Upper Nile region