By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, May 17, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of its support for ongoing efforts by the Nigerian Government and health authorities to check the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, transnational oil corporation, ExxonMobil has donated equipment and items worth millions of naira to Akwa-Ibom State.
Items donated by ExxonMobil includes WHO-standard RNA COVID-19 test kits for 1,920 tests, 1000 units of samples collection kits, two brand new ambulances and 15 other vehicles, sophisticated hospital beds complete with mattresses, bedside cupboards, overhead eating tables and IV lines.
ExxonMobil is a part of a broad coalition of oil industry stakeholders led by the country’s flagship oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) working to complement the efforts of the political and health authorities towards containing the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus in the country, through the provision of medical supplies, deployment of additional equipment, providing support for medical infrastructure, alongside in-patient treatment.
The oil industry coalition’s support for Nigeria’s ongoing war on COVID-19 is being guided by government agencies’ advice with regard to specific requirements and determining the areas of greatest need. Supporting Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19 requires a broad, collective effort that follows the guidelines established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), alongside Federal and State Governments.