By Mustapha Adamu
Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, a subsidiary of Chevron, in collaboration with Agbami parties, which include FAFA Oil Limited, NNPC, Equinor and Petrobras have donated a multimillion Chest Clinic to Kano State government.
Prime Time News reports that the gesture was part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rendered by the oil companies.
Speaking on Tuesday, during commissioning and handover of the edifice, which was built at Kurna Primary Healthcare Centre in Dala Local Government area of Kano, Director, Star Deep Water, Richard Kennedy, said Agbami Parties have spent over N16.6 billion in building and equipping 28 chest clinics across the country.
According to him, the oil firms are very encouraged by the positive impact they have made in supporting government’s efforts towards eradicating chest diseases in Nigeria.
He disclosed that beyond the health sector, the Agbami parties had also spent over N8.4 billion in the Agbami Medical and Engineering Professionals Scholarship to 16,300 students from all the states of the federation, adding that among the beneficiaries, an impressive total of 456 have graduated with first class degrees.
Mr Kennedy also revealed that about 76 students from Kano State have benefited from the Agbami Scholarship program.
Also, according to him, a total of 46 students from Kano state have also benefitted from the NNPC/CNL JV scholarships since 2014.
“Since 2008, the Agbami parties have spent about N16.6 billion ($2.7million) in building and equipping 28 chest clinics in existing government hospitals across Nigeria.
“We are very encouraged by the positive impact these investments have made in supporting the government’s efforts towards eradicating chest diseases in Nigeria.
“It is worthy of note that the Agbami parties have also implemented other projects in the past in Kano State , a Science Laboratory Complex, built in 2011, at Garko Girls Science College, Garko, Kano State, ” he said
Mr Kennedy continued; “Agbami parties and other Chevron companies operating in the Deep-water horizon, have built and equipped 39 Science Laboratory Complexes, in existing schools, in close collaboration with the benefiting state governments, all over Nigeria to improve the study and learning of science education.
“Also a Hybrid library was built in 2013 by Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf Limited (a Chevron company) at Government Sec. School, Wudil, Kano State. Agbami parties and other Chevron companies operating in the Deep-water Horizon, have built and equipped 23 conventional/hybrid libraries in existing schools in close collaboration with the benefiting state governments in Nigeria to improve study and learning, ” Mr Kennedy disclosed
Prime Time News reports that the clinic was fully equipped with a standard X-ray machine, male and female wards, treatment rooms, laboratories and GeneXpert machines.
Receiving the facility, Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Nasir Gawuna, thanked the donors for the gesture.
Ganduje said the facility would go a long way in complementing the effort of his administration towards providing quality healthcare to the people of the state.
He also tasked the local government council to ensure proper and frequent utilisation of the facility, which according to him, was a giant gesture towards the commitment of the administration to effective healthcare delivery.