By Chinedu Eze
Siemens Energy Limited has made donations of SARS- COV 2 RT PCR test kits and personal protective equipment, including face masks and gloves to the Lagos state government.
The donation was to support efforts being made to overcome the menace of the pandemic in Nigeria.
Siemens noted that the contribution of the vital supplies was in line of the company’s drive to support the government and aid the global fight against the pandemic.
Representatives of Siemens Energy and Head, Business Development, Government Affairs, Mr. Oladayo Orolu and Communications Manager, Titilola Taiwo recently presented the items to the Lagos state government and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Receiving the items on behalf of NCDC, Head of Unit, NCDC Lagos Office, Mrs. Olajumoke Babatunde, appreciated the kind gesture by Siemens and expressed her gratitude.
Also, present to receive the items for the Lagos state government (LASG) was the warehouse manager, Mr Jide Razak.
Acknowledging the donation, the Director General, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said, “We are deeply grateful for your generous donation to support the COVID-19 national response. These would greatly support the on-going efforts towards achieving our national COVID-19 testing strategy.”
Commenting on what the initiative means to Siemens, the CEO, Siemens Energy Limited, Onyeche Tifase said, “Siemens has a longstanding commitment to Nigeria and we believe that as a private entity we have a role to play to consistently support governments and societies where we operate. In this crucial time, we are playing our part to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria by providing essential materials to support our government and those at the front lines.”
“Also, we cannot but commend our medical community and other workers on the front line for their sacrifice during this time. As Nigerians we need to take individual responsibility and play our part to flatten the curve by practising social distancing and adhering to the directives given by the government and health bodies”, she added.
The Head, Business Development and Government Relations, Siemens Energy Limited, Mr. Oladayo Orolu said, “The testing kits and medical PPEs presented are aimed at complementing the commendable effort of the government in the fight against COVID-19 and to ensure that the healthcare community gets the adequate support they require in this trying time. Our goal is to support the Government’s efforts to expand testing capacity and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.”
Since the entry into the Nigerian market 50 years ago in 1970, Siemens has consistently leveraged their expertise to impact Nigeria through various partnerships and initiatives focused on creating societal, economic and environmental contributions.