By Codratus Godson
What may perhaps be the biggest individual donation to the Rivers State government so far came from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company which said Thursday evening, April 23, 2020, that it has set aside N1Bn to help Rivers State fight the rampaging corona virus.
This is despite contributing significantly in the $30m oil industry fund to fight at the national level.
Not much donations in cash have come into two bank accounts set up by the state government to receive donations. Instead, some private sector donors have preferred to send in materials.
It is only the commissioners and members of the state’s House of Assembly that surrendered their salaries that may come in form of cash so far. The governor
The NLNG said in a statement signed by the General Manager, External Relations & Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi-Williams, who said it was committing the N1Bn in various interventions in the state at both the state level and in Bonny where the company has its liquefaction complex of trains one to six with train seven in the offing.
The company said it is donating equipment and materials to upgrade specific facilities at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH). “The Company also donated items to the Government which includes two transport vehicles for contact tracing, five ventilators, 30 patient-monitors as well as over 100,000 surgical masks.
“Other items donated by the Company include 30,000 nitrile gloves, 5,000 hooded coveralls, 8,000 respirators, 200 goggles and 200 face masks. The Company also continues to support the Government through its membership of an advisory team constituted by the State Ministry of Health to guard against the spread of the disease.
“To help palliate hardship resulting from the stay-at-home order in the State, NLNG donated food items to its host communities.”
Specific to Bonny, the NLNG said it has committed to the refurbishment of a building and set-up of a 10 bed Isolation/Holding Centre at the Bonny Zonal Hospital. “In addition, NLNG has donated equipment and Personal Protective Equipment which include five suction machines, three single air conditioners for consulting rooms, five split air conditioners for wards and 10 patient monitors.
“Other items donated for use on Bonny Island include one oxygen bank consisting of 5 bull nose cylinders, 10 drip stands, 10,000 one-fit N95 health care particulate respirator and surgical masks, 250,000 surgical masks, 50,000 nitrile gloves, 12,500 hooded coveralls with boots, 70 respirators, and wall mounted hand sanitizers.
“The company added that it is also partnering with a committee set up by the Bonny Local Government Council to develop and implement a strategic plan to protect all those who live on, or visit the Island.”
The company appealed for what it called resilience and adherence to social distancing rules and other precautionary measures advised by the health authorities, in order to control the spread of the disease in the country.