From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano.
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation,(NNPC) on Saturday donated ambulance, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other items worth millions of Naira to Kano state government to help fight the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timpire Sylva who handed over items to Kano sate Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the gesture was part of NNPC N21 billion intervention fund to curb the menace of COVID-19 across Nigeria.
He noted that, since the inauguration of the presidential taskforce commitee on covid 19,headed by the secretary to the federal government,efforts have put in place geared towards ensuring that the spread of the virus was curtailed.
According to him, following this development, the NNPC and partners in the oil and gas industry embarked on an initiative covering three areas.
He maintained that the areas includes ,provision of medical consumables ,deployment of logistics and delivery of medical infrastructure as well as donating critical medical equipment to the Rivers State covid 19 isolation center.
He added that to date the total commitment NNPC and partners stands at N21b, but the gesture is till growing.
According to him, today, NNPC and it’s partners, Chevron and Bovas company limited are distributing these items to more affected by the Pandemic in Kano.
Sylva, said the items include, 100 PPE overall full Kit, 100 PPE shoe covers, 2,000 PPE disposable caps, modern Ambulance, 500 medical surgical masks, 2 full kit ventilators, 5,000 Nitrile examination Gloves, 250 face masks and fluid resistant face shield ,10 pulse oximetres and 250 respiratory value.
In a remarks, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said his administration had taken all necessary measures in curtailing the spread of the virus.
He said government had established three modern isolation centers with the halting the spread of the virus.
Ganduje noted that with regards to the high population of Kano state their was the need for additional testing center in kano.
He assured the minister and the management of the NNPC that all the items presented would be used judiciously.
Those that were in the Minister’s entourage include the Group managing Director of NNPC Alhaji, Mele Kyari and other top government officials.