Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been further boosted by the donation of N11 Billion by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its oil and gas partners to the war against the deadly virus.
The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, made the heartwarming disclosure through a tweet where he announced the joint donation. He pointed out that the donation was in support of the Federal Government’s efforts towards checking the spread of COVID-19 in the country and was aimed at helping provide healthcare delivery facilities through the provision of medical consumables; deployment of logistics/in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.
In his words, “The three thematic support initiatives amount to a total of $30m (N11bn) and will be delivered in phases, starting today.
“To address the increasing demand of medical services, we are immediately providing medical consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation.”
Other key partners involved in the donation include, the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd, Oando Oil Limited, Oriental Energy Resources Ltd, Pilar Oil Limited, Platform Petroleum Limited, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and Shoreline Natural Resources, Suntrust Oil Company Nigeria Limited, Vertex Energy Limited, Waltersmith Petroleum Oil Limited and Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited, and others.
The rallying call by President Mohammadu Buhari on prominent Nigerians and the corporate sector to join in the fray against the coronavirus pandemic has been heeded as material and cash donations have been streaming in in torrents. It is hoped that more individuals and corporate partners will join in the war against the deadly disease.
*** Olivia Isibor