Technical College of Agriculture of Sibiti (Department of Lékoumou): New and Renovated Buildings provided by the SNPC

9 September 2014

The city of Sibiti in the Department of Lékoumou recently hosted festivities to celebrate the 54th anniversary of Congo’s independence coupled with efforts to urbanize the department. The National Petroleum Company of the Congo (SNPC) took the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to citizens by presenting rehabilitated and newly built buildings for the Technical College of Agriculture of Sibiti.

The buildings were officially opened on August 12, 2014 during a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Petroleum, André Raphaël Loemba. Participants at the event included Serge Blaise Zoniaba (Minister of Technical and Vocational Education, responsible for skills training), Rigobert Maboundou (Minister of Agriculture and Livestock); President of the County Council, François Bita, the Sub-Prefect of Sibiti, Charles Brice Ngono, and the Mayor of Sibiti Bernard Makila. All present were entertained by the Bana Poto-Poto Orchestra from Brazzaville.

Funded by SNPC for close to 3.4 billions Francs CFA, the rehabilitation and extension of the Technical College of Agriculture of Sibiti was completed in three months by a Korean Company, the Congo Ryongbong Group.

In its current configuration, the school includes an administrative office, two dormitories, and a building with several rehabilitated classrooms. New updates to the buildings include a boarding school with 170 beds, an ultramodern dinning room, six villas for administrative staff and two buildings with classrooms, a tractor, a mechanical workshop on the ruins of an old barn, a farm of four buildings, which will strengthen the agricultural character of the school.

Not to do things by halves, SNPC equipped the school with modern teaching materials adapted to the specificity of training at this property. The entire infrastructure will be powered by two generators whose respective powers are 165 and 250 kVa

SNPC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Koko explained the merits of the rehabilitation and extension of the Agricultural College of Sibiti, which he said was part of efforts to urbanize the Department of Lékoumou in line with SNPC’s policy of corporate social responsibility.

This policy of corporate social responsibility, he has pointed out, allows the SNPC group to support and guide government action in its commitment to provide the country with modern infrastructure.

According to SNPC’s CEO, "The overall objective of the rehabilitation and extension of the Technical College of Agriculture of Sibiti is to provide it with the infrastructure and equipment necessary to meet the challenges of agriculture development in Congo. Thus, the rehabilitated Technical College of Agriculture of Sibiti will be able to contribute to the President of the Republic’s project, Pathways to the Future, which focuses on the large-scale development of the agricultural sector.”

Serge Blaise Zoniaba, for his part, acknowledged that the makeover of the Technical School of Agricultural of Sibiti is part of the overhaul of the technical and vocational education sub-sector in accordance with the strategic guidelines laid down by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, who placed technical and vocational education and skills training, as one of the budget priorities of the government, in the consecutive years, namely 2013 and 2014.

According to Mr. Zoniaba, "indeed, in the past two years, the government has consecrated the resources of Congo to the modernize school infrastructure, equipment, workshops, laboratories and classrooms. The government has also focused on revising curricula and developing teacher skills. The continuation of t shese efforts will allow our country to gradually develop technical and vocational education to meet the needs of the real economy, that is to say, the needs expressed by actors providing goods and services. The aim is to ensure that Congolese citizens are the main players in the diversification of the economy and make important investments in the country in road, air, health, water, electricity, education, agriculture, and diplomacy under the leadership of President Denis Sassou Nguesso.”

SNPC was created on April 23, 1998, taking advantage of legal developments defining the relations between the Republic of Congo and oil producing companies in the country. The task assigned to the SNPC by the Congolese legislator was to establish an industrial and technological canter capable of meeting the country’s operational research, production, development and processing, transpiration and marketing needs for liquid hydrocarbons or gas, both in the country and abroad.

The company also serves as the technical interface between major oil companies operating in Congo. While pursuing its industrial development, SNPC continues to build an image of corporate citizenship by strengthening its social responsibility activities and supporting the urbanization of localities across the country.

For example, in 2011, the SNPC provided Ewo in the Department of Cuvette-Ouest with a boarding school, housing for administrative personnel, an ambulance, and a large consignment of needed medicines. In Kankala in the Department of Pool, in 2012, the company built a maternal and childcare hospital and a technical education center. In 2013, SNPC built a boarding school complex including housing quarters for administrative staff.

Ewo in the Department of Cuvette-Ouest, in 2011, the NCPS has endowed this locality of a boarding, housing quarters for administrative staff, an ambulance and a large consignment of drugs first necessity. A Kinkala in the Pool, in 2012, she built a mother and child hospital and a technical education center. In 2013, she built a school complex with boarding and classrooms and five villas for administrative staff in Djambala, in the Plateaux region.