Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria, Mr. Mark Ward
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL), affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation have donated the sum of $500,000, about N80 million to victims of the recent flooding disaster in five of the worst hit states.
Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria, Mr. Mark Ward said in a statement on Tuesday that the company’s affiliates in Nigeria had partnered the Nigerian Red Cross to provide relief to Akwa Ibom, Rivers and three other states which have been severely affected by the disaster.
“Our sincere thoughts are with the people of Nigeria where hundreds have lost their lives and millions more have been impacted by this disaster. It is our hope that our support for the Nigerian Red Cross efforts will help to address the needs of those affected by this tragedy,” he said.
The statement, which was made available to journalists by the company’s General Manager in charge of Public and Government Affairs, Mr. Paul Arinze noted that millions had been severely affected as floods ravaged homes, farmlands, schools and health centers, leaving many without food, drinking water, shelter, and basic amenities.
According to the statement, there is also a high risk of epidemics breaking out in the affected areas.
Disaster Management Coordinator, Nigerian Red Cross, Mr. Umar Mairiga said the agency was extremely grateful to receive the funds, as they would allow it to help those most affected by this disaster.