Written by Godfrey AKON

Covid-19: NNPC announces additional N10bn petroleum industry donation








Petroleum Industry partners have shored up their collective donations to combat covid-19 in Nigeria by N10 billion, bringing their total donations to N21 billion.




Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Melle Kyari, announced an additional N10 billion donation from the industry during the official handover of five ambulances to the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce for the Control of Coronavirus, Mr. Boss Mustapha, in Abuja.




A statement by the corporations spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted Kyari as saying that the ambulances marked the first instalment of industry collective donation of N11 billion, now shored up to N21 billion.




The ambulances which were handed over by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, weekend, were donated by Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, an NNPC joint venture company partner.




Sylva said the present time was far from being normal as it was a time that called for collective efforts, adding that the support for the cause was an ongoing one, saying that whatever were received afterwards would be delivered to the committee.




He said the oil and gas industry, under the leadership of NNPC, had come together to contribute their quota to the effort to stemming the pandemic.




Responding, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha, applauded the NNPC and the entire oil and gas industry for the maximum support extended to the federal government in the campaign against the pandemic.




Conducting the two top government officials round the 190-bed facility donated by the petroleum industry, NNPC GMD, Kyari, stated that the Thisday Dome, Abuja that would house the bed-spaces was donated by yet another NNPC partner, the Sahara Group.




He said other NNPC partners, local and international, continued to implement projects capable of lasting impact in their host communities as well as across the nations geographical zones, describing the feat as the hallmark of Good Corporate Citizenship.




Aside from consignments of medical consumables and logistics facilities, we are embarking on construction of at least two permanent hospitals and a world class diagnostics centers in each of the geopolitical zones in the country.  All these are over and above our regular social investments through various CSR initiatives, he stated.




Kyari explained that the donation was collaborative, drawing support from the Energy Group, the private sector and a Chinese company, CCECC, to fight COVID-19 pandemic.




The NNPC helmsman disclosed that the 190-bed facility would be ready for use in two weeks time, stating that donations were in kind, that is, respective going concerns would provide the medical materials pledged following their companies procurement procedures.




At an NNPC property in Utako District of Abuja, Kyari, announced that the corporation had set aside a 60-bed capacity facility of the property to support the fight against the pandemic.




The NNPC GMD said the facility, located in the heart of Abuja, would equally be ready in the next two weeks.




He explained that the Utako facility would be equipped with oxygen generating plants, ventilators and other medical logistics that would support the federal government ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic, saying that it has 10 Intensive Care Units that would serve as back up to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Isolation unit in Gwagwalada.




The NNPC helmsman commiserated with families of those who lost their loved ones to the pandemic, saying he was hopeful that the Industry efforts would go a long way to stemming the spread of the disease.









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