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17/11/2021 News

“Now we have confirmed that multinationals are working, we are grateful"- Bayelsa Health Commissioner

Benefitting communities and other stakeholders in the ongoing commissioning of 11 legacy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects across the country, have continued to pay tributes to TotalEnergies Upstream Companies Nigeria, NNPC and partners for donating various sustainable amenities. The projects are being commissioned in hybrid (virtual and on site) format in consonance with Covid-19 protocols.

Mike Sangster, Managing Director of TotalEnergies Upstream Companies in Nigeria, said the initiatives were born out of a desire to close gaps in quality and technical education, maternal and child health, clean water access, and women's and youth empowerment.

“The locations of these projects have also been carefully chosen for maximum impact, coming from a need assessment carried out before the deployment”. The MD’s address was delivered by the Executive Director, People and County Services, Mr George Oguachuba.

The latest round of commendation came on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the inauguration of a state-of-the-art mammography centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, built and equipped by TotalEnergies, NNPC and partners which include Sapetro, Prime 130 and CNOOC. It is a prototype being deployed across the different geo-political zones of the federation.

"Government alone cannot provide good healthcare services for all. That is why we are happy and grateful for this project. This centre is not going to screen just women, but also men. Now we have confirmed that the multinationals are working, and we are grateful", the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton Igwele, said at the commissioning ceremony. He was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Wisdom Sawyer.

He encouraged the community women to present themselves for breast cancer screening and advised the men to release their wives for such exercise." Early cancer detection saves lives", he said as he promised that the state would ensure best use of the facility to provide universal healthcare for the people.

“We are indeed grateful to TotalEnergies for what they are doing. Just the day before yesterday, we received one at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa. We are very grateful,” Dr Pabara Newton Igwele, noted, alluding to the mammography centre commissioned earlier. He praised what he called collaboration between government and multinational companies to fulfill sustainable development goal (SDG3); access to quality healthcare.

Similar appreciation was also expressed by the Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri Professor Dixie Ogoina.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a main reception and waiting area of 21 persons sitting capacity, radiologist’s office, mammography technicians’ bay and changing room, two patients’ changing rooms, clinical examination room, treatment room and others.

The treatment room houses the Bard Magnum Breast Lump Biopsy Set for image-guided breast lump biopsies, as well as the Senographe Pristina 3D equipment, which delivers 3D imaging at lowest radiation exposure with superior diagnostic accuracy in the detection of breast cancer. This equipment offers Digital Breast Tomosyntheses and Stereotaxy for enhanced image-guided biopsy and has capacity to process 120 examinations per day. It is ideal for screening exercises. The facility comes complete with a 40kva generator for stable power supply.

“I thank our senior partners, NNPC, and our PSC partners, SAPETRO, PRIME and CNOOC, who have joined us in providing the means, the processes and the resources that enabled us to deploy these local development projects. I also thank our several stakeholders including the State & Local Governments, beneficiary institution and the Project Managers for their support. As we hand over the project to you today, we implore you to ensure its sustainable use to impact on the people positively. The sustainability barometer shall be seen during our Impact Assessment Exercise, when we will come back to check how this project has helped and improved the impact of the hospital and lives of the benefitting community,” the MD said.

Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, Mr Bala M. Wunti, said the completion and commissioning of the project is in furtherance of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of the Nigerian Government through its Oil and Gas sector and expressed optimism that it will help provide succor to the people.

“In NNPC, our vision for social intervention is to continue to operate in an ethical and sustainable manner and deal with the environment and social impacts occasioned by our activities. We pride ourselves in our slogan “we touch your lives in many positive ways”, hence the approval for the deployment of various CSR projects by our operators across the country for maximum impact. NNPC along with its partners have implemented various projects in the areas of education (building and equipping of schools/ classrooms, laboratories, donation of books, scholarships, Quiz competitions, etc.) skill acquisitions and economic empowerment, healthcare, solar power and other infrastructural intervention projects.

“These projects were borne out of the need to mitigate the gaps in Health Care, Quality Education, Water, and Women & Youth Empowerment in line with the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDG). NNPC and its Partners are socially responsible organisations committed to improving the livelihood of the citizens of our great country, Nigeria,” Wunti said. He was represented by Mrs Joy Egwahon.

Receiving the project on behalf of the community, Head of Okolobiri community, Chief Zitan Otoh, thanked TotalEnergies and partners for the laudable initiative. He promised to sensitise the community, especially the women on the need to avail themselves for breast cancer screening and make best use of the facility.

This round of commissioning started on Tuesday, November 9, with the handover of a modern ICT Centre with mini theatre at Esan Model Boys Grammar School, Ubierumu Uromi, Edo State. Nine more projects are scheduled for inauguration this month. It follows the inauguration of 15 marque CSR projects in 2020.