The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-led oil and gas industry intervention initiative on COVID-19 has begun the third phase of their support programme.

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According to the NNPC, the phase began with the foundation laying ceremony of a permanent emergency and infectious diseases hospital for the South-South region in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, said in a statement issued on Sunday that the event kicked off the plan by the intervention group to deliver lasting medical infrastructure across the six geopolitical zones in the country.

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who spoke at the event, said the project was part of the Nigerian oil industry coalition initiative led by the NNPC to support the nation’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the oil industry was contributing about N21bn worth of support through internal procurement processes of contributing companies.