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Kano Gets Covid-19 Aid from Oil & Gas Sector

Kano has become the lucky 9th State to receive medical equipment and supplies being distributed nationwide by the Oil and Gas sector coalition led by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

A release from the Corporation, signed by its Spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru, listed the items delivered to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to include medical consumables, equipment and an ambulance.

The equipment included Toyota ambulance, two full kits ventilators, one smith RescuePac ventilator for emergency and transport, ten pulse oximeters, 10,000 nose masks and 5,000 Nitrile examination gloves.

Among the consumables supplied were 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 items were presented to the Governor by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who noted at the brief ceremony in Government House, Kano that despite the supply chain constraints involved in simultaneous nationwide delivery and distribution of the medical items at this period, the NNPC-led Oil and Gas Industry coalition is determined to extend the intervention to all states of the federation.

Abuja, Rivers and the six states in the South West region have so far benefitted from the initiative.

The Kano donation was sponsored by NNPC and its partners – Chevron Nigeria Limited (Upstream) and Bovas & Company Limited (Downstream), Chief Sylva announced at the event.

He once again explained that the donations are part of the USD58million (N21Bn) intervention initiative by the Oil & Gas Industry to assist efforts of various governments as they battle to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Led by the NNPC, the Oil and Gas Intervention against the COVID-19 pandemic has membership drawn from International Oil Companies (IOCs), Indigenous Petroleum Producers, Major Oil Marketers, Crude Oil and Products Traders, Depot Owners and Petroleum Products Marketers.

The initiative, the Minister said, covers three areas – provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system, and delivery of medical infrastructure.

Each donation is written off by participating oil and gas companies, in partnership with the NNPC, as a regular Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

The Minister praised the initiative highly, noting that all commitments by the participants are “collected in kind through a clear, well-established and transparent governance framework,” he said.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, announced at the handover event that the Oil & Gas Industry was planning to bequeath some of the finest medical infrastructure that would outlive the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation.

“We have a plan to deliver permanent medical infrastructure to every state of the Federation and a specific intervention in the six geo-political zones.

“We are selecting 14 locations to construct the permanent infrastructure,” he said.

Governor Ganduje thanked the donors for the gesture which he said will complement his government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic

Kano State Govt., he said, has three functional isolation centers and has commenced distribution of palliatives to 50,000 households in the state.

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From Left: Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, at the presentation of medical equipment to the Kano State’s Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday.