Kaduna community enjoys NNPCL/TotalEnergies health centre

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By Amen Gajira
The Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited in partnership with TotalEnergies Upstream Nigeria Limited has donated a maternal and child referral centre to Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the facility is sited within the General Hospital, Kwoi.

Speaking at the inauguration and handover ceremony, Mathew Bouyer, Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies Upstream Nig., said the donation was in furtherance of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

The company’s Acting General Manager, CSR, Mrs Tonye Osifo, read out Bouyer’s speech to guests on his behalf via zoom.

He said the project, like others across the country, was borne out of the need to mitigate gaps in maternal and child health care, quality education, water and women and youth empowerment in line with related Sustainable Development Goals.

“In 2016, TotalEnergies undertook a strategy to deploy 84 significant infrastructure projects across Nigeria.

“This was done to mitigate gaps in qualitative and technical education, maternal and child health, access to clean water and women and youth empowernment in consonance with related SDGs.

“The commissioning of such projects has become a regular for us as a company and we have started unveiling another set of projects that are being completed,” he added.

According to him, the location of the project is carefully chosen for maximum impact, coming from a needs assessment carried out before the deployment.

In his remarks, Mr Bala Wunti, Chief Upstream Investment Officer, NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, said the facility was a testament to the power of collaboration in the oil and gas industry.

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“Today’s event further illustrates our joint commitment to improving the quality of healthcare in Nigeria.

“As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, the oil and gas industry recognises its responsibility to support the Nigerian people in the social, economic, health and education sector of our people,” he said.

Wunti stated that the NNPC would consistently champion the implementation of sustainable community development projects that has direct impact on the lives of the citizens.

He implored the hospital management to ensure the sustainable use of the facility to impact the people positively.

He also thanked other partners; including SAPETRO, CNOOC and PRIME 30 who joined in providing the resources that made the delivery of the project possible.

Also speaking, Dr Danladi Maude, the Kpop Ham and paramount ruler of Jaba Chiefdom, appreciated the donors of the centre for bringing relief to the people of the area.

Maude prayed God to replenish their pockets and grant them the enablement to do more for the people of the area and other Nigerians at large.

On his part, the Medical Director of the General Hospital Kwoi, Dr Osita Achunike, noted that the project was timely as it would reduce Nigeria’s child and maternal mortality rate.

Achunike promised to ensure that the facility is put to good use in a sustainable manner.

NAN reports that the centre comprises a reception area, consultation room, pharmacy and storage, laboratory, nurses bay, theatre, mothers and children wards among others.(NAN)
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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