Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who took delivery of the facility in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday said the donation was timely, coming at a time that the state was struggling with the dearth of facilities to manage the increasing cases infection of the novel coronavirus in the state, adding that the state government alone could not bear the burden of public healthcare delivery.

The medical centre, with doctors’ quarters, alternative power system, water treatment plant and a medical ambulance was built, equipped and furnished by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) in partnership with SNEPCo’s co-venture partners.

“We’re very appreciative to NNPC and SNEPCo.This medical centre could not have come at a better time as it will go a long way in strengthening the state’s primary healthcare delivery system,” said Coker.

According to Coker, NNPC and SNEPCo had supported Ogun State for more than eight years during which the companies had trained over 200 state health workers. “With this state-of-the-art medical centre, I am sure that the people of Ogijo would have the qualitative, affordable and accessible healthcare that the governor promised all the citizens of Ogun State.”

The traditional head of Ogijo, Oba Kazeem Gbadamosi, noted that the facility was not just a pride for Ogijo but for Ogun State. “This is the best of its kind in Ogun State and we’re so excited to have this delivered to our community by NNPC and SNEPCo.”

Managing Director of SNEPCo, Bayo Ojulari, who handed over the facility to the state government noted that the focus of the social investment policy of the company was on health and education, and that SNEPCo would continue to strengthen its relationship with governments across Nigeria for better healthcare and education systems. “Our health intervention programmes have been delivered in many states and our secondary school and university scholarships are continuing to grow. With the support of NNPC and our co-venture partners, we will not relent.”

General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, an NNPC subsidiary, Bala Wunti, who was represented by NNPC’s General Manager, Services, Yahaya Yunusa, charged the state and Ogijo community to provide effective management of the facility in a manner that will provide the required healthcare services to the people. “Sustainability should be paramount in the management system to ensure that the facility serves the purpose for which it is meant.”

The facility was the second of its type donated by SNEPCo in recent times. The company had recentlyrehabilitated and equipped the Casualty and Trauma sections of the General Hospital Odan, Marina in Lagos State with state-of-the-art medical emergency equipment, and also donated a fully equipped custom-made ambulances for easy access different parts of the state.

Note to Editors

SNEPCo, the deep-water business of Shell companies in Nigeria pioneered offshore oil and gas exploration in Nigeria. It’s Bonga field located about 120 kilometres off the Nigerian coast in the Gulf of Guinea increased Nigeria’s oil production by 10 percent when it came on stream in 2005, and the company recently hit the 900 million barrel oil production mark from its 225,000 barrel of oil capacity Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel.

Since the launch of its social investment programmes, SNEPCo has offered university scholarships to 415 Nigerian undergraduates and 471 scholarships for six years of secondary school education including accommodation, feeding, uniform and educational supplies in top private secondary schools in the country under the SNEPCo National Cradle to Career programme.

Working with its co-venture partners, SNEPCo, under the NNPC/SNEPCo ICT Support Programme, has donated 29 ICT centres to Nigeria universities and well-equipped science blocks and laboratories to two secondary schools.

Bamidele Odugbesan
Media Relations Manager
September 6, 2020
Softphone: +234 807 022 8045

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