Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has donated cash amounting to MK100 million (US$290,000) for the construction of the multipurpose hall at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).
Presenting a cheque on Tuesday, PIL Chairperson, Zubeir Bhana, said his company recognizes that the private sector has an important role to play in contributing towards education in the country.
“Our company is keen to ensuring that it contributes meaningfully to providing access to quality higher education,” he said.
He observed that PIL cares most about Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4 on quality education and is committed to partnering with government in the noble cause towards uplifting educational standards in the country.
Bhana was optimistic that the donation will go a long way in creating a conducive learning environment for students at LUANAR.
He therefore called on the students to jealously guard the infrastructure facilities within the premises for sustainability.
Speaking after receiving the cheque, Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano said the donation will make a huge difference in as far as the construction of a hall is concerned.
“The funds will make a huge difference in improving access of space at this Campus,” he said.
The Minister applauded PIL for complimenting government ‘s efforts in improving infrastructure at the universities.
In his remarks, Vice Chancellor of LUANAR, professor George Kanyama Phiri said the while the university has the basic teaching and learning infrastructure, it has now become inadequate with increasing number of students.
“The university needs more spacious and modern teaching and learning classrooms and laboratories. Therefore the construction of the hall will ease and solve the problem of learning space at the university,” he said.
LUANAR is now accommodating 8000 students from 15 when it was starting as Bunda a constituent college of University of Malawi.