The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised $30million (N11billion) to assist efforts against coronavirus.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, announced the intervention on Friday in Abuja.
He said the initiative was in conjunction with its oil and gas industry partners and was to support the Federal Government’s actions to stop COVID-19 spread in Nigeria.
Kyari explained that it would boost healthcare facilities and cover provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.
Kyari said: “The three thematic support initiatives amount to a total of N11billion and will be delivered in phases, starting today.
“To address the increasing demand of medical services, we are immediately providing medical consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation.
“This will be followed, in the next few days, with the deployment of ventilators, beds and temporary intensive care facilities across the geopolitical zones of the federation.”
The NNPC partners include the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, Oando Oil Limited, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Pilar Oil Limited, Platform Petroleum Limited, ll and SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc.
Others are Shoreline Natural Resources, Suntrust Oil Company Nigeria Limited, Vertex Energy Limited, Waltersmith Petroleum Oil Limited and Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited among others.
Nigeria recorded eleven new coronavirus cases Friday night and total is 81 currently.
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the patients are 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State.”
With the development, a total of 16 cases were confirmed in 4 hours as 5 was earlier announced.
Meanwhile, the Lagos government has warned that cases in the state may hit thousands.