Sienne Allwell- Brown, general manager, external affairs of the NLNG, made this disclosure when she led a delegation of management staff of the NLNG on a courtesy visit to Ita Ewa, minister of Science and Technology .
Allwell-Brown noted that the mandate of the NLNG was to liquify natural gas for export and to ensure adequate supply for of cooking gas for local consumption.
She said ``Nigeria LNG is first and foremost a science oriented company. It is a company set up for export purposes. However, over the years, Nigeria NLG realised that being the most successful company in Nigeria, we also owed it as part of our corporate social responsibility to begin to do more things for Nigeria.
``So today, Nigeria LNG has dedicated 150,000 metric tons of LPG otherwise known as cooking gas to Nigeria, but sadly, Nigeria cannot even consume half of it”.
She observed that the NLNG, as part of its social responsibility, introduced the Nigeria Price For Literature and Nigeria Price for Science with an initial prize money of $20,000 in 2004.
She said that though the prize money had been increased to $100,000, the quality of scientific work sent in annually was dwindling to the extent that winners had not emerged in three years, though not consecutively.
She however said that the NLNG was overwhelmed with the entries it receives for the Price for Literature, while urging that the tempo be maintained.
She said that although Nigeria produced the first Nobel Laureate, South Africa had gone ahead of Nigeria in Literature with three Nobel Laureates, stressing that there was still room for improvement.
In his remark, the minister of Science and Technology, Ita Ewa said that science and technology was the pivot for economic development and that the ministry was doing all in its power to improve the sector.
Ewa identified lack of commercialisation as a major challenge facing the sector, adding that concerted efforts were on to ensure the comercialisation of research works.