Written by Godfrey AKON

Oil partners earmark over N10.5b for medical facilities

Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has earmarked 53 per cent of its N21 billion intervention to combat covid-19 for the construction of medical infrastructure across the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, said 14 medical centres and two intensive care unit, ICU, expansion and upgrade would be delivered across the federation as part of the intervention initiative.

Ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of 200-bed Infectious Diseases Hospitals with in-situ laboratory had already been held in Bayelsa, Borno and Katsina States with that of the other locations to follow suit, a statement by the Corporation’s Spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru, said.

According to Obateru, a recent report of the group’s delivery schedule indicated that other medical consumables and logistic support have been delivered to 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, while end of June 2020 is set for states yet to receive.

He noted that the group’s Governance Committee comprising Managing Directors of oil companies and other Industry players, headed by the NNPC GMD, has also allocated 26 per cent of the intervention funding to the deployment of logistics and in-patient support systems and 21 per cent of the sum to provision of medical consumables across the Country.

“The report said medical consumables comprising respirators, protective suites and test kids as well as logistics and in-patient support systems among which are ambulances, ventilators and beddings and laboratory equipment have been delivered to 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“States that have received medical consumables as well as logistics and in-patient support systems are: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kwara, kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Plateau and Rivers State as well as the FCT.

“Intervention is provided in kind by donors using internal transparent procurement processes driven with a clear governance structure of the various coalescing companies involved in the initiative,” he said.

The Oil Industry Intervention group is made up of the NNPC, Oil Producers Trade Section, OPTS, Independent Petroleum Producers Group, IPPG, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers, DPPMA, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, and Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG.

The group’s initiative is aimed at supporting the ongoing Federal Government’s efforts and in collaboration with the Presidential Task Force and the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to curb the pandemic.

 

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