NNPC/NAPIMS and Total Upstream Nigeria Limited with other partners (CNOOC, SAPETRO and PRIME) have joined forces to support the people living with HIV in Lagos with palliatives within this period of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They presented 755 bags of food and livelihood support items to representatives of people living with HIV at the Secretariat of Nigeria Business Coalition against AIDS, Ijora Olopa, Lagos.
At the presentation, the Managing Director Mike Sangster, who was represented by the General Manager Corporate Social Responsibility Total Upstream Ltd, Wokoma Ajukura said, Total Upstream and partners saw the need to provide support for people living with HIV at this critical time, due to the challenges confronting them in terms of assessing the needed treatment and drugs, and the challenge of healthy dietary habits to boost their immune system.
He said, “our decision to support the People living with HIV is based on the vulnerability of the people living with HIV and the fact that Lagos is on lockdown, thus the decision to support them with some welfare palliatives such as food items and livelihood support to enable them to comply with the stay- at- home order”.
The Supervisor Community Relations, Bunmi Lawson, who represented Bala Wunti Group Managing Director, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) said in her remarks on the initiative and partnership that the action is in line with the company’s goals -“touching your lives in many positive ways”.
According to her, NNPC and its partners are committed to supporting any initiative that can alleviate the discomfort faced by citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She went further to encourage Nigerians to follow the instructions of the experts such as stay at home if it is not necessary to go out, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds under running water and observe social distancing.
Mr Gbenga Alabi, Executive Secretary Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) whilst welcoming dignitaries commended the various partners of Total Upstream for the initiative and consistent support of NiBUCAA in its various advocacy programmes in the country as true corporate brands that are committed to the country’s development.
In her commendation, Monsurat Adeleke, Chief Executive officer Lagos State AIDS Control Agency extended gratitude to Total Upstream and partners for providing leadership and strategic direction at this critical time in the life of people living with HIV.
In his acceptance speech, Patrick Akpan, Coordinator Lagos State chapter of Network of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria commended Total Upstream and partners for remembering and supporting them at this period and said that the products will no doubt provide succour at this dire moment of need.
NNPC/Total Partners are passionate about the subject of HIV/AIDS with over a decade of investments in awareness campaigns in 25 states of the Federation.
She disclosed that the initiative is a welcome development that deserves commendation and adoption by other corporate organizations at this time.