No business, industry or economy has been spared from the devastating effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some industries and economies, both in the developed and developing world, have been the hardest hit, such as the oil sector, aviation, hospitality live entertainment industry, SMEs and many more. But these are hardly the only ones suffering. Each industry is experiencing its own unique set of challenges that are threatening to undermine once-thriving businesses whilst decimating economies in its wake.
Businesses around the world are shifting into overdrive to help battle COVID-19, on the basis that the government cannot do it alone, providing everything from palliatives, healthcare facilities, awareness campaigns, rubber gloves and ventilators to diagnostic tools and, hopefully soon, vaccines.
As a proudly Nigerian indigenous private sector leader we have embarked on the following COVID-19 initiatives to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to ensure the survival of our people.
Our People: Humans of Oando
The #HumansofOando Launch TAP to Tackle Hunger Pandemic in Nigeria
The #HumansofOando, supported by Oando Foundation conceived and created an innovative solution, The Aggregator Platform (TAP), with the long-term goal of ending hunger and alleviating poverty across the nation, one community at a time, through structured intervention.
The #HumansOfOando identified that despite the significant financial contributions and efforts made by both the public and private sectors in feeding the less privileged, there is still a huge gap between those who are in dire need and those who are eventually reached and fed. TAP is able to use data gathered from implementing partners, specifically Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); to identify the needs across Local Governments across various states in Nigeria.
Since its launch in March 2020, the #HumansOfOando alongside other donors, have raised over N26 million, fed over 26,00 people in 19 communities and signed up 10 NGOs including Lagos Food Bank, Project Ark, Child Protection Network, Grocedy, Lekki Food Bank and Abraham’s Tent to name a few.
#HumansOfOando Language Videos
Hinged on the belief that knowledge is power and no one should be left behind or uninformed about the virus, the #HumansOfOando launched a programme that enabled its employees, their families and friends, to support the much needed awareness on the pandemic and preventive measures to be adopted by the general public
To this end, the #HumansOfOando recorded and disseminated short video messages in different Nigerian languages to ensure every Nigerian is educated in a language they can easily understand. With a mobile phone penetration of over 85% in Nigeria, the company has actively pushed the videos on mobile platforms to ensure it reaches its intended audience i.e. the masses.
The #HumansOfOando have also spread a message of kindness via video campaigns, encouraging people to look into their communities and their direct sphere of influence, and show kindness to those who need it the most, reinforcing their belief that consistent small contributions will in the long term create huge impact.
The #HumansOfOando Take Responsibility Campaign
Owing to the phased lockdown measures by the Federal Government and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the #HumansOfOando embarked on a campaign educating Nigerians on the rising community spread, encouraging citizens to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols and ‘Take Responsibility’ as their actions and decisions affect others.
Equator (an Oando Energy Resources subsidiary), alongside Joint Venture partners, Galp Energia (Galp) and the Agência Nacional do Petróleo of São Tomé and Príncipe (ANP-STP) Donates Disinfectant Materials to São Tomé and Príncipe.
Equator (an OER subsidiary) alongside its Joint Venture (JV) partners in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Block 12 Joint Venture, Galp Energia (Galp) and the Agência Nacional do Petróleo of São Tomé and Príncipe (ANP-STP) donated 23 tons of disinfectant to the São Tomé and Príncipe Government, in support of the STP Contingency Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic through the Ministry of Health.
This support falls within the scope of the Social Projects commitments for the Joint Venture. The materials include 936 packs of 5-liter bleach bottles, 17 tanks of bleach (1,000-kg capacity) and 700 bars of blue soap
This support falls within the scope of the Social Projects commitments for the Joint Venture. The materials include 936 packs of 5-liter bleach bottles, 17 tanks of bleach (1,000-kg capacity) and 700 bars of blue soap.
Oando/NNPC/NAOC JV Medical Centre in Delta State
In collaboration with our Joint Venture (JV) partners, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), we built a COVID-19 temporary medical infrastructure in Asaba, Delta State, with the aim of providing critical infrastructure to stem the spread of the virus within Delta State and its environs.
The facility consists of isolation blocks with a capacity of 70 beds and separate sections for male and female patients, a block for medical personnel, lounge/waiting rooms, pharmacy, CCTV room, X-Ray room, side laboratory, and a power generator amongst others.
The Upstream Oil and Gas Intervention Initiative on COVID-19
Under the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Oando alongside 32 upstream companies committed N11.4Bn ($30million) to aid the Federal and State Governments in their fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
This intervention will support three thematic areas; the provision of medical consumables including face masks, testing kits amongst others, the deployment of logistics and in-patient support systems such as ventilators, and the delivery of temporary isolation medical centres as well as permanent medical infrastructure for use during/ post-pandemic.
According to the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, 60% of the resources will go towards the third thematic area, the delivery of permanent medical infrastructure across the country, seen as a long-term intervention to upgrade the country’s healthcare facilities but with immediate visibility and impact.