A free feeding programmein COVID 19 isolation centres in seven states in Nigeria have been launched by employeesof Shell companies in Nigeria. under the Shell Employee Care Programme.
The General Manager External Relations ofShell Nigeria, IgoWeli, said in a statement issued on Sunday, “The programmehas kicked off in Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers States andit is a further demonstration of care to the people following the numerousintervention programmes by Shell companies in Nigeria particularly in supportof government at all levels in the fight against the spread of the novelcoronavirus pandemic,” Weli said.
The feeding programme,according to Weli, was being funded from personal donations by staff andcontractors of the Anglo-Dutch integrated energy giant, the total amount ofwhich was matched by the companies to make up the N82.6million for theprogramme.
The programme deliverystrategy involves a collaboration with the state governments, non-governmentorganisations and certified caterers to provide freshly cooked meals daily topatients and healthcare workers at the isolation centres.
Head of ClinicalServices at the Bayelsa State Isolation Centre in Yenagoa, Dr James Omietimi,who oversees the distribution of the meals said, “I eat the lunch provided andthe nutritional value is good because of the variety. I can tell you it’s tastyand meals have been coming in daily.”
So far, thisintervention has provided over 31,000 meals to the isolation centres with plansto scale up to 54,000. Shell companies in Nigeria had earlier donatedambulances, testing machines and kits, medical consumables and personalprotection equipment to Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Riversstates to help in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2012 and 2018, staff and contractors of Shell companies in Nigeria had also made a personal cash donation to provide succour to victims impacted by the unprecedented flood and Internally Displaced Persons humanitarian crises in the Niger Delta, Kogi and the Anambra States, and North East of Nigeria, as part of the Shell Employees Care scheme.
Shell companies inNigeria comprise The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited(SPDC); Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo); andShell Nigeria Gas.