By Jude Obuseh, For Agenda Watchdog, April 28, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s oil and gas coalition against the #COVID-19 pandemic, arrow headed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has fueled the country’s efforts at checking the further spread of the novel #coronavirus by donating medical consumables, equipment and an ambulance to the Kano State Government.
Items donated by the coalition to the state government include a Toyota ambulance, two full kits ventilators, one smith RescuePac ventilator for emergency and transport, ten pulse oximeters, 10,000 nose masks, 5,000 Nitrile examination gloves, are 250 face masks, surgical splash/fluid resistance face shield, 250 N95 respiratory valve, 100 PPE overall full kits, 100 PPE shoe covers, 2,000 PPE disposable caps and 500 Medimec surgical face masks. The donated items are part of the $58 million (N21 billion) intervention initiative by the oil and gas industry,
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, presented the medical items to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on behalf of the NNPC and its associates – Chevron Nigeria Limited (Upstream) and Bovas & Company Limited (Downstream).
The intervention covers three broad areas: provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure, disclosing that donations were outside the regular Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative routinely deployed by NNPC and the participating companies.
Membership of the NNPC-led coalition against #COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria is drawn from International Oil Companies (IOCs), Depot Owners, Petroleum Products Marketers, Indigenous Petroleum Producers, Major Oil Marketers, Crude Oil and Products Traders.