Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, said today that an additional N10billion donation has been mobilized by the Corporation from oil industry players to assist federal effort to halt the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
This brings total contributions to date from the oil sector to N21Bn, Corporation spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru said in a statement today 4 April 2020.
Obateru said that Mallam Mele made the announcement at an event where Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, handed over five ambulances to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force for the Control of Coronavirus, Boss Mustapha who is also Secretary to the Government.
The Minister who said the support of the oil industry players for the cause is an ongoing one, handed over the vehicles donated by Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, an NNPC Joint Venture Company partner, to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
The NNPC boss later took the Secretary and the Minister on a tour of two health facilities being put together by industry players to take care of Coronavirus cases in the federal capital territory.
They were shown a 190-bed facility donated by another industry player, Sahara Group, which is being set up at the ThisDay Dome in Maitama District.
The NNPC helmsman disclosed that the 190-bed facility would be ready for use in two weeks’ time, stating that most of the industry donations were in kind, that is, respective going concerns would provide the medical materials pledged following their companies’ procurement procedures.
From Maitama, the team went to an NNPC property in Utako District that has been set aside for a 60-bed capacity facility.
The facility will also be ready in two weeks, Malam Mele said, and will come equipped with “oxygen generating plants, ventilators,” and other medical logistics including 10 Intensive Care Units that would serve as back up to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Isolation unit in Gwagwalada.