Commendation for TotalEnergies at Lagos NIPR Conference
The efforts of TotalEnergies in boosting health care delivery in Nigeria, especially its support in combatting the Covid-19 pandemic, earned the Company public commendation at the 8th Lagos Stakeholders’ Conference of the Nigeria Institute Public Relations (NIPR), which took place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the MUSON Centre, Lagos.
The theme of the conference was Policy Communication for Sustainable Healthcare and Wellness in Nigeria. It formed the basis for expert discussions on the best ways to communicate health policies in Nigeria
In his address as the guest speaker, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi appreciated the various stakeholders for their support in the government’s effort to combat Covid-19 in the state. He singled out TotalEnergies for special commendation for its support with equipment, logistics and other essential supplies, including the Medical Oxygen Plant, which was commissioned earlier this year.
“Once again, thank you for all the support that you have given to the Lagos State Government during the Covid-19 outbreak. TotalEneregies was responsible for supporting us with some oxygen capacity at Gbagada hospital: that plant is coming up nicely,” the commissioner said.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who also spoke at the opening ceremony of the conference encouraged participants to remain vigilant to continue to follow health advice for managing Covid-19, pointing out that the pandemic was far from over.
“Presently the consumption rates of oxygen for infected persons in our care centres has increased dramatically and we are now consuming up to 400 large cylinders of oxygen per day. I have to reiterate that the battle against COVID-19 is not yet won; therefore, we cannot afford to let down our guards. We cannot afford to be tired. We cannot afford to be battle-weary, and we must consistently demonstrate that we are up to the task,” said the governor, represented by Prof. Abayomi.
Earlier, the Country Communications Manager, TotalEnergies Companies in Nigeria, Dr. Charles Ebereonwu in his goodwill message gave details of the company’s interventions on the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the country contends with Covid-19 pandemic, we have done quite a lot to support the Lagos state government, state government of our host communities and Nigeria at large. Through the initiative led by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) TotalEnergies committed ₦1.2b in the fight against Covid-19.”
He gave insight into TotalEnergies’ most recent support to the Lagos State: “In collaboration and support from the Lagos State Government, we built and commissioned a medical oxygen plant that has the capacity of producing 100 cannisters of oxygen per day. Because we understand that the issue of health is not what should be left to the government alone.”
The panel session was a key part of the conference as Dr Ebereonwu joined other participants to discuss the theme and suggest better ways to communicate policies in Nigeria’s health sector.
Other staff at the event were Manager, Communication Projects, Mr. Senan Murray and Head, Public Relations, Mrs. Irene Jerry-Iyoha.