Written by Godfrey AKON

SGF praises NNPC’s fight against covid-19

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has applauded the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for its medical interventions towards tackling the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Mustapha, who made the commendation while receiving 20 ventilators donated by Ocea S.A, a France-based company through the NNPC, to bolster the fight against COVID-19 in Abuja, said the gesture showed the corporation as the hallmark of a national oil company.

A statement by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said the donation by Mystrose Defence Systems Limited presented to the NNPC on behalf of Ocea S.A. to bolster the fight against COVID-19 in Abuja.

The statement quoted Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce, as saying that the NNPC and her partners, almost on a weekly basis, have either donated medical consumables or commissioned medical infrastructure all in the fight against COVID-19.  

“This is a hallmark of a national institution which, at this very challenging time of COVID-19, is filling the gap in the provision of the kind of things that the nation requires; the facilities that we need to put in place,” Mustapha stated.

Mustapha assured that the 20 ventilators would be put to good use for the benefit of Nigerians, maintaining that COVID-19 was a big challenge which required everyone’s support to the Federal Government to fight and defeat the pandemic.

He stated that post COVID-19, the nation’s health institutions would receive the type of rebirth that the Federal Government desires, stressing that with the medical facilities on ground, the nation would have the capacity to combat any epidemic or pandemic thereafter.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the corporation was pleased to hand over the 20 ventilators donated by Ocea S.A through Mystrose Defence Systems Limited to the Federal Government.

On his part, the Medical Director of the NNPC Medical Services Limited, Dr. Mohammed Zango, stated that the donations from the French company, Ocea S.A was a right step in the right direction.

Zango added that the corporation, as a responsible organization and a strategic partner in the maritime security space, is hereby transmitting the ventilators to the PTF in support of the Federal Government’s effort to combat COVID-19.

He explained that the company identified the NNPC as a reputable National Oil Company through which the ventilators could be safely delivered to the PTF on COVID-19.

 

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