Seplat Petroleum an independent indigenous Nigerian upstream exploration and production company and Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited have donated some medical supplies to the Imo State Government to support its efforts in equipping medical staff with necessary protective gears needed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The items donated included high quality protective gears, motorized and knapsack sprayers. hand sanitizers, face masks, hand gloves.
While presenting the donations at the government house in Owerri, Mr. Emeka Onyeagba of Seplat and Mr. Percy Oparaji of Waltersmith stated that the sole purpose of their mission was to deliver the medical facilities to the government as part of their corporate social responsibility to their Host state.
He noted that the government was less than 3 months in office, hence, it needed every support it could garner from both public and private sectors to combat the scourge.
In appreciation Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma lauded Seplat and Waltersmith for the gesture while noting that their kind donation would go a long way in assisting the state in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
1/ Earlier today, we received a delegation from two establishments – Seplat & Water Smith Oil & Gas Companies.
They were at the Imo State Government House, Owerri, bearing some medical materials.
The Governor assured that the items would be put to good use, noting that Imo State, as much as he knows, was still recording zero number of infected or confirmed cases.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation Mr. Emeka Onyeagba stated that the sole purpose of their mission was to deliver the medical facilities to the government as part of their corporate social responsibility to their host state.
He noted that the government was less than three months in office, adding that it needed every support it could garner from both public and private sectors to combat the scourge.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo commended the Oil Companies for their donations and prompt response to partner with government in the fight against the global COVID-19 health crisis, adding that the Governor Uzodinma-led government was on top of the situation and was leaving no stone unturned to keep the state safe from the pandemic.
Addressing newsmen, the Chairman of the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, Prof. Maurice Iwu stated that the state was doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus via vertical integration with the Federal Government Agencies that included the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Prof Iwu also said that Equipment Procurement Isolation Centres were in place with direct hotlines at relevant health institutions to determine if the suspect may need isolation.
Prof. Iwu however advised that “the best form of prevention is to stay home and self-quarantine than to create unnecessary jeopardy amongst the people.