Seplat Petroleum Development Company on Wednesday joined the league of Nigerian corporates that donate to the fight against coronavirus
The donation was made to the Edo state government in the form of medical supplies and equipment. Some of the items included: motorised sprayers, Knapsack sprayers, eye goggles, hands sanitizers, nose masks, temperature guns, chemical gloves, and personal protective equipment.
According to Emmanuel Otokhine, Seplat Base Manager, the items donated were help provide support to Edo state to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Otokhine added that the gesture was to help ramp up the ability of the state to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We understand that the state government has put in place many measures in the fight against Coronavirus. We felt that we should give them this assistance. We understand that at the moment, personal protection equipment is in short supply, even if you placed an order you won’t get.”
“We are presenting some of these so that the personnel who are handling those confirmed cases and those who are going to test positive will require that equipment,” Otokhine said
Meanwhile, the Edo state government in an address by Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor of the state and Chairman of the Coronavirus Response Committee in the state, thanked Seplat for their contribution to support the state’s effort in the fight against the pandemic.
The disease, which has led to the total lockdown of two states and the federal capital territory by the country’s federal government, has also seen many state governments order partial shutdown of economic activities.
Edo state has recorded 4 confirmed cases of the total 151 confirmed cases in the country as at 12:30 pm April 1.
Shaibu in his closing remarks called on other well-meaning individuals to emulate the step taken by Seplat in the state, adding that government alone could not do it, but with the support from individuals.