Mele Kyari, NNPC GMD
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and 33 oil and gas companies, Friday, donated $30 million, about N11.4 billion to the Federal and state governments to fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, disclosed that the intervention by the oil and gas firms was aimed at supporting healthcare delivery facilities in Nigeria and would cover three key thematic areas especially within this period of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The three thermatic areas, according to him, are provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure, adding that the three thematic support initiatives amounted to a total of $30 million and would be delivered in phases starting from March 27, 2020.
Kyari revealed that the 33 partners who contributed to the intervention were drawn from the upstream sector, from the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group.
He identified some of the companies to include Shell Group of Companies, ExxonMobil Group, Total Group, Chevron Group, Eni Group, Addax Petroleum and Aiteo Eastern Exploration.
Also included are Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, Oando Oil Limited, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Platform Petroleum Limited, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, and Shoreline Natural Resources.
Others are Suntrust Oil Company Nigeria Limited, Vertex Energy Limited, Waltersmith Petroleum Oil Limited and Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited, Amni international Petroleum Company, Dansaki Petroleum Development, Eroton Exploration and Production Company, among many others.
In the downstream sector, he stated that Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) donated N120 million for the provision of 36 ventilators and 1,500 coverall, while MRS donated 2,000 test kits, 1,000 coveralls and N100 million for acquisition of ambulances.
Kyari added that, “Matrix Energy provided N360 million for necessary medical equipment, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) provided 50 ventilators and OVH Energy 200 ambulances for use.
“Also, Eyrie Oil donated 1,500 coveralls and laboratory equipment for one diagonistic centre, Wien, test kits and lab equipment; Bono, Mocoh and Levene oil donated N18 million each.