Mobil Producing Nigeria, an ExxonMobil affiliate, and operator of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation/Mobil Producing Nigeria Joint Venture said it has made a donation of two ambulances, 20 additional vehicles and medical supplies to various state governments as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to assist in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Akwa Ibom State Government according to a press statement released on Friday would receive two ambulances for emergency cases alongside 15 other vehicles. Rivers State, also a beneficiary would receive five vehicles, while medical supplies which include World Health Organization certified COVID-19 test kits, sample collection kits and hospital beds valued at more than N90 million would be distributed to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Akwa Ibom, as well as Rivers states.
Paul McGrath, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil companies in Nigeria has this to say: “We are actively working with our partner, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and other stakeholders on ways to assist in halting the spread of the virus,”
McGrath also said the NNPC/MPN JV’s efforts were being guided by government agencies’ advice with regard to specific requirements as well as determining the areas of greatest need.
He also has this to say: “Supporting Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19 requires a broad, collective effort that should follow the guidelines established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as well as the state and federal governments.”
Adding that the donations were part of an oil and gas industry effort coordinated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation to provide medical supplies, deploy additional equipment and to support medical infrastructure and in-patient treatment.
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