As the Federal Government of Nigeria and States government are fighting to contain the impact of the global pandemic COVID-19 oil and gas sector, the largest contributor to the economy has also risen to the occasion in an initiative spearheaded by the NNPC. In a television programme interview on Monday, April 6 the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said “The coronavirus pandemic is a global issue; as a country, we are not insulated from it as already seen by the growing number of people affected by the virus. The first thing that needs to be resolved is the health of our countrymen, this is a difficult time for the country, and no Government on its own can resolve all the issues the pandemic has thrown at us. This industry is one that clearly benefits from the country, we contribute to the growth and development of the country and so we must come together to support the country.”
The GMD spoke to the first leg of the intervention which saw Upstream players commit N11.4bn ($30million) to be collected in kind and handed over to the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to aid both the Federal and State Governments in their fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus. According to the NNPC boss, 33 Upstream companies made the contributions including indigenous companies such as Oando, Aiteo, Seplat, Shoreline, Amni International Petroleum, Eroton Exploration and Production as well as International Oil Companies like Eni, Total, Shell and Chevron. He went on to explain that the contributions from sector players had grown to N21bn and continues to grow as a result of Downstream and Service players joining the partnership.
These contributions will support three thematic areas; the provision of medical consumables such as face masks and testing kits among others, the deployment of logistics and in-patient support systems such as ventilators and the delivery of temporary isolation medical centres and permanent medical infrastructure for use during this period and after the pandemic. The GMD indicated that 60% of the resources will go towards the third thematic area – the delivery of permanent medical infrastructure across the country, seen as a long term intervention to upgrade the country’s healthcare facilities but with immediate visibility and impact.
Scaling solutions rapidly to address what could potentially become a national crisis requires significant investment, innovation and collaboration. In this regard the individual indigenous companies have gone one step further to deploy additional initiatives to support the containment of the coronavirus; some with Nigeria’s peculiarities in mind.
The sector has made commendable efforts in the area of medical relief. Seplat Petroleum and Waltersmith, have donated some medical supplies and equipment to the Edo State Government, including masks, temperature guns, motorised sprayers and other personal protective equipment. OVH Energy (an Oando licensee) and Aiteo have also made contributions to the Government’s efforts by way of the donation of ambulances whilst MRS donated test kits, medical overalls and ambulances. Other companies like Matrix Energy made financial contributions towards the procurement of necessary medical equipment.
Hinged on their belief that no one should be left behind or uninformed about the virus and measures to curtail its spread, Oando recently launched a new programme that enables its employees, also known as the Humans of Oando as well as their families and friends, to support awareness on the pandemic and preventive measures to be adopted by the general public. To this end, they have recorded and disseminated short video messages of themselves in different Nigerian languages to ensure every Nigerian is educated in a language they can easily understand. With mobile phone penetration in Nigeria over 85%, the company is actively pushing the videos on mobile platforms to ensure it reaches its intended audience of the masses. Oando has also spread a message of kindness via a video, encouraging people to look into their communities and their direct sphere of influence, and show kindness to those who need it the most, reinforcing their belief that continued small contributions will in the long term create a huge impact.
It is encouraging to see the indigenous oil and gas companies playing such an integral role in all facets of containing the spread of the viruses, from education to actual treatment reinforcing a global phenomenon of collaboration to solve the issues that the pandemic has unexpectedly thrown at all of us.
This was resounded by the GMD when he spoke to the fact that today indigenous companies make a significant part of our production contributions are growing steadily, most evident over the last 10 years via the purchase of divested assets from the IOCs and that the future of the oil and gas sector is in these indigenous companies.
“This is the hallmark of good corporate citizenship which the oil and gas industry is known for. We remain accountable to Nigerians and will continue to provide details of what has been collected, how it’s distributed and where it’s being delivered to.” The GMD added.
Ex Kano Governor, Col. Sani Bello’s Milk of Kindness
Light Skinned stoutly built self-styled billionaire , Col. Sani Bello is one person who quietly goes about running his businesses, even as he keeps breaking new grounds.
But like a man’s talent announces him, Sani Bello’s unusual and unrivaled wand in the energy sector where he runs his business announced him like a gold fish without a hiding place.
Since the former Kano State military governor left Nigerian Army many years ago he has dedicated his entire life to the his huge philanthropic activities.
Blessed with a heart of gold, Sani Bello isn’t an ordinary man, he’s a genius, a visionary, and successful man, not in terms of money, jets and so on but a man who is able to materialize what was thought of or seen on the inside to the outside.
So last week the Chairman of MAINSTREAM ENERGY (MESL) donated N500m Medical Interventions to restrain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
As gathered the Niger state billionaire donated this kind gesture through his company , Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (“MESL”), operators of the Kainji and Jebba Hydropower Plants in Niger State has donated over N500 million worth of Medical and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in
As revealed the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) and the Minna Isolation Centre in Niger State being the front-line institutions dealing with the pandemic are the first beneficiaries to receive the medical and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
A source disclosed it said that the institution has fully equipped a 50-bed isolation Centre in Minna, Niger State which included medical equipment such as ventilators, ECG machines, haematology analyzers, x-ray machines and PPE, adding that, they have provided some other critical equipment for use in the isolation ward of the UATH, including X-Ray machines, digitizers, personal protective equipment (PPE), CT scans, and 350KVA generator to make certain
of constant power supply.
According to him, nine rooms at the newly constructed Trauma Centre within the Teaching
Hospital were furnished to provide accommodation for doctors and nurses who are in the frontline
of providing medical services to COVID-19 patients and are unable to return home to their families
due to isolation requirements.
Oando Group Chief Executive, Adewale Tinubu’s Legendary Philanthropic Acts
In the past months, the Nigerian society has witnessed the emergence of seasonal philanthropists and donors, following the outbreak of the deadly corona virus pandemic, otherwise known as COVID-19.
This group of overnight donors, who seem to be struggling hard to push to the background the well known philanthropists in our society, not only mouth their acts of benevolence, they also literally hawk them, to the chagrin of the morally conscious ones.
These days, many shamelessly make a spectacle of every little act of fellow-feeling they do, thereby subjecting the beneficiaries to avoidable public ridicule.
Anyone would think they are in some competition of sorts, trying to outshine one another.
But as disheartening as the trend is, a few privileged individual members of the society can be said to be toeing a different path in relation to their humane dispositions.
Interestingly, one of such is Jubril Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, who marvel with his legendary philanthropic acts.
But unlike those who are so showy about their acts of kindness to the needy, he empathizes with them and lifts them financially so quietly.
A close source to the oil magnate revealed that, since the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast, he had expended millions of Naira on foodstuff and cash that he gave indigent Muslim faithful around him.
Not only that we also gathered that many have benefited from his kind gestures since the outbreak of COVID-19 as he has fed many families and doles out cash quietly without making noise out of it.
Tinubu is one personality whose love for fellow human beings beggars description, this is because he gives freely without creating unnecessary attention about it, while he would rather do this without making a song and a dance of it.
While many of his mates roll out drum and publicise little gestures, the billionaire would rather adhere to the saying ‘When you help the needy, leave your camera behind at home’
“ It is like a vow he has made to God. He does it annually during Ramadan. This is just one of his several philanthropic deeds, as well as interventions, to the help the course of humanity,” the source added.
By virtue of his rare accomplishments, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, GCE, Oando Group , is one of the few businessmen who have written their names in gold.
The string of industry awards that litter his ornate office is evident of his success story in the sector. So far, it can be said that Providence has been fair to him, especially when you consider his intimidating resume, international connection and riches.
He has scored many firsts in the pasts and he still continues in that trends in fact he was born a leader. Naturally, he has been placed far above his contemporaries and competitors.
Undoubtedly, today the Lagos State born oil mogul is one of the few Nigeria’s businessmen that can rub shoulders with other top businessmen around the globe as he commands respect in the world business sector. He has succeeded in engraving his name in the hearts of the generality of his compatriots.
Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah’s Milk of Kindness
No doubt, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman, Capital Oil, is generous to a fault. This top player in the nation’s oil and gas sector also has a large heart. Besides, he is unapologetically committed to the uplift of his community, while also helping the course of humanity. It is well known that the billionaire has the milk of kindness running in his veins.
As proof of his fellow-feeling, the senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District today commenced distribution of palliatives to families across the 21 local government areas in Anambra state.
As gathered the businessman gave out palliatives such as 26,000 bags of 5kg rice, 11,200 bags of 5kg garri, 9,400 cartons of tummy tummy noodles, 6,000 bottles of cooking oil, 32,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, 65,000 disposable face masks, 8,000 washable face masks, 2,000 bags of 25kg garri, 500 bags of 25kg rice, 42 thermometers and 62 tricycles.
While addressing the people, Ubah said:
‘’To the glory of God, as part of measures to alleviate the hardship and cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging my people, I have commenced the distribution of palliatives to the good people of Anambra across the 21 Local Government Areas in our state.
I am aware that this is a deeply unsettling and difficult time for my people as the disruption of their daily sources of livelihood and economic activities have incurred a huge and devastating impact on their ability to meet their most basic needs. This necessitates the need to combine public health efforts with palliative measures so as to prevent hunger/food insecurity from creating further health and social challenges in our state.
While apologizing for my unavoidable absence, I wish to assure Anambrarians that I have provided capable hands and structures that will ensure equitable distribution of these palliatives across the nooks and crannies of Anambra.
I want to use this medium to thank the *Executive Governor of Anambra State; His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano* for his commitment to tackling this enormous challenge with courage, resolve and exemplary determination.
I also wish to acknowledge the *Anambra Progressives* with profound gratitude, for selflessly volunteering their time and resources to our noble initiative that will provide a long lasting solution to the COVID-19 scourge and the post pandemic era; by the grace of God, our projects will be unveiled subsequently. Come what may, I will keep doing my best to touch lives positively irrespective of the precarious economic situation in the country.
Conclusively, I wish to urge the good people of Anambra to always remember to:
– Practice social distancing;
– Wash your hands regularly or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
– Avoid touching your face;
– Self-isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case
– Call the NCDC hotlines for Anambra State (08030953771, 08117567363 and 08145434416) if you notice symptoms;
– Above all, let us Keep praying for our state as well as remain disciplined in obeying the Authorities and keep trusting in God. In the end, we shall overcome!
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