Lagos — Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, and the Rivers State Government have renewed their commitment to developing healthcare and infrastructure in the State.
During a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, NLNG’s Executive Management, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director and Chief Executive, and Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye, Deputy Managing Director, assured the Rivers State government of the company’s continuous support for the State through its corporate social responsibility, CSR, programmes to meet common goals of sustainable development.
According to Dr. Mshelbila, NLNG’s commitment to Rivers State has been expressed through many projects, one of them being the 38-kilometre Bonny-Bodo Road.
He stated that the Bonny-Bodo project, when completed, will open a vista of developmental opportunities for the State, which can transform the socio-economic landscape and better the lives of people in the State.
He assured the government that the road would be completed within the first quarter of 2024.
He stated: “In Rivers State, we have a strong rationale to invest in health, education, infrastructure development, and empowerment, which are NLNG’s CSR pillars, to support sustainable development. NLNG considers itself a corporate citizen of Rivers State, not only because of its location here but also because it is committed to investing in the State’s and its people’s long-term development. We do not take the support and friendly environment provided by the State Government and the people of Rivers for granted. This is why we see ourselves as an integral part of Rivers State and we want to contribute in the best possible way to the State’s development.”
He added that NLNG has recently intervened in the healthcare sector in the State, stating that the importance of effective healthcare delivery cannot be overstated, as it directly impacts the quality of life.
NLNG recently completed an Infectious Disease Unit, IDU, at Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH, which is a modern healthcare infrastructure with associated facilities that will help fight infectious diseases in the State and remain a legacy for future generations.
NLNG has also committed to equipping the Renal Transplant Centre at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital as part of its Hospital Support Programme, HSP, aimed at improving medical facilities across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
Additionally, the Company has also established the Bonny Community Health Insurance Programme (BCHIP), a community-based health insurance partnership with the Rivers State Government and Bonny Kingdom, making healthcare services more accessible and affordable for the people of Bonny Island.
Mshelbila reaffirmed NLNG’s commitment to working with the Rivers State government to improve the lives of the people of the State.
In his response, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, commended NLNG for its efforts in the State and requested that NLNG do more in the area of CSR in the State.
He also pledged the State Government’s support to ensure NLNG continues to carry out its operations in the State without disruption.
NLNG is owned by four Shareholders, namely, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricite Holdings (15%), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr.l (10.4%).
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