The Lagos State Government has charged operators in the oil and gas sector on the need to protect the environment in their operations, as part of measures to check the spread of diseases in the state.
According to the State government, many of the diseases being addressed today were as a result of hygiene and the environment.
Speaking during the donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth about N15 million by the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), to the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, stated that businesses should be conducted in a manner that ensures human and animal survival.
Speaking during the handover of the medical equipment, the Managing Director of WAPCo Limited, Gregory Germani, said the donation was aimed at supporting efforts of the government in its bid to bring the pandemic under control.
Germani, who was represented by General Manager, Operations, WAPCO, Saminu Justin, said Lagos State has provided leadership since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
‘‘Your steadfast commitment to doing it right in Lagos state has given direction and even hope to other locations even outside Nigeria.
As nations and states make efforts to stop the spread of this deadly virus, WAPCO sees that Lagos state has been pivotal in providing the needed solutions for the Nigerian people, and we are readily aligned with efforts in this regard.
“We as a responsible organization, consider ourselves as partners with the state government especially in times of such monumental crisis.
He said the donation of the medical supplies worth over N15,000,000 to the Lagos State government would help to give frontline workers the opportunity to offer their services in a much safer way, adding that the WAPCo looks forward to brighter times when the COVID-19 is contained and Lagos is back on track.
Responding, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, thanked the management of WAPCo for the kind gesture, saying its support would go a long in boosting the activities of frontline workers in the state.
She urged the company not to relent on its CSR initiative, as such would go a long way to making them worthy partners, especially at the period of COVID-19 and beyond.
She said the donation came through LASEPA because it preaches holistic protection of human beings and the environment.