Shell Workers Launch Free Feeding Programme at Isolation Centres
Shell Companies in Nigeria employees have launched free feeding programme in COVID-19 isolation centres in seven states under the Shell Employee Care Programme.
The programme kicked off in Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers. The feeding programme was being funded from personal donations by staff and contractors of the Anglo-Dutch integrated energy giant, Shell general manager external relations, Igo Weli, said in a statement yesterday
The total amount of donations from the Shell workers and contractors amounted to N82.6 million for the programme. The programme delivery strategy involves collaboration with the state governments, non-government organisations and certified caterers to provide freshly cooked meals daily to patients and healthcare workers at the isolation centres.
“It is a further demonstration of care to the people following the numerous intervention programmes by Shell companies in Nigeria particularly in support of government at all levels in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic,” Weli said.
In his comments, head of clinical services at the Bayelsa State Isolation Centre in Yenagoa, Dr James Omietimi, who oversees the distribution of the meals said, “I eat the lunch provided and the nutritional value is good because of the variety. I can tell you it’s tasty and meals have been coming in daily.”
So far, this intervention has provided over 31,000 meals to the isolation centres with plans to scale up to 54,000. Shell companies in Nigeria had earlier donated ambulances, testing machines and kits, medical consumables and personal protection equipment to Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers states to help in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2012 and 2018, staff and contractors of Shell companies in Nigeria had also made personal cash donations to provide succor to victims impacted by the unprecedented flood and Internally Displaced Persons humanitarian crises in the Niger Delta, Kogi and Anambra States, and North East of Nigeria, as part of the Shell Employees Care scheme.
Shell companies in Nigeria comprise The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC); Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo); and Shell Nigeria Gas.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja