The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC along with 33 upstream operators in the nation’s oil and gas industry have earmarked N11bn to support the federal government’s efforts at curbing the spread of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
NNPC in a statement on Friday said the Corporation through its leadership, Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari embarked on an industry-wide intervention initiative to combat COVID-19 epidemic and its attendant impact.
“In recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian population and economy, the Nigeria oil and gas industry under the leadership of the NNPC GMD Mele Kyari has embarked on an industry-wide collaborative intervention initiative to combat the pandemic and its attendant impact.
“The intervention initiative is in alignment with the ongoing Federal Government’s efforts and in collaboration with the NCDC to curb the pandemic.
“It is aimed at supporting our national healthcare delivery facilities and cover three key thematic areas,” the statement read.
The three key thematic areas the fund will cover include the provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistic and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.
“The three thematic support initiatives amount to a total of 30 million dollars and will be delivered in phases starting from March 27.
“To address the increasing demand for medical services the sector would immediately provide medical consumables covering test kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to impacted areas.”
It further stated that “This will be followed in the next few days with deployment of ventilators, beds and temporary intensive care facilities across the geopolitical zones of the federation.
“As a responsive and responsible industry, we are taking this action to strengthen our collective national resolve in combating this pandemic and its dreadful impact,” he added.
Kyari said that the 33 partners who contributed to the intervention are drawn from the upstream sector and the companies drawn from oil producers trade section and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group.
Some of the companies include Shell Group of Companies, EXXONMOBIL GROUP, Total Group, Chevron Group, Eni Group, ADDAX Petroleum, Aiteo Eastern Exploration, First Exploration and Petroleum Devt., Oando Oil Ltd, Lekoil Nigeria Ltd., Midwestern Oil & Gas Ltd., Sahara Energy Fields Ltd, Waltersmith Petrolman Ltd, among others