.SPDC donates medical equipment to Bayelsa
Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has pledged his administration’s resolve to cement existing cordial relationship with well-meaning corporate organisations to foster peace, stability and sustainable development.
Diri made this known on Monday during a courtesy visit of the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr Osagie Okunbor, represented by the External Relations Manager, Shell Nigeria, Mr Igo Weli, to Government House, Yenagoa.
His acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as having expressed gratitude to Shell for sustaining the long-standing relationship with the state, which had blossomed over the years.
Diri, who described SPDC and its joint venture partners as strategic partners in the development and progress of the Niger Delta states, stressed the need to continually nurture such relationship to improve the living conditions of the people.
He said, “The essence of government is the security of lives and this includes safeguarding the health of the people to whom it is accountable. As a new government, this kind of relationship should blossom.
“The history of Bayelsa cannot be complete without mentioning Shell in and around the state. It was in Bayelsa that Shell first struck oil in commercial quantity at Oloibiri. So, the history and story about Shell in Nigeria is tied to Bayelsa.
“Crude oil has been the mainstay of our economy, which has immensely profited multinational oil companies but Bayelsa has not been fairly treated.
“Our government is, however, prepared to work closely with all corporate bodies that are committed to the welfare and development of our people.”
The governor lauded the SPDC for identifying with the state government’s untiring efforts in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his remarks, Weli highlighted a number of medical equipment targeted at enhancing the testing for COVID-19 in the state.
According to him, they include a compatible PCR machine, extraction kits for 1,000 tests, intensive care unit ambulance, 16 KVA electricity generator, suction machines, infrared thermometers and other critical equipment to operationalise the state’s isolation centre.
Weli said other equipment donated to the state were 10 critical care hospital beds and mattresses, respiratory nebulisers, hospital grade oxygen cylinders, face masks and hand sanitisers.
According to him, the Shell companies in Nigeria comprising SPDC, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company and Shell Nigeria Gas, are making direct interventions to enhance medical capacities and capabilities across locations where they have operations in Nigeria.
He said the intervention was part of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation-led $30million oil and gas industry support to the Federal Government to contain the spread of the scourge.