Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has directed all office-based staff below Management cadre across all its formations to work remotely from home with effect from March 24.
The Corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kennie Obateru, in Abuja, on Tuesday. He said the directive was in compliance with the federal government’s directive on the COVID -19. He added that the directive was conveyed to the NNPC workforce via a message signed by the Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari. He noted that Mr Kyari had directed all NNPC Strategic Business Units to activate their business continuity plans immediately to ensure minimal disruption to operations while protecting staff from exposure to COVID-19.
“The NNPC leadership, since the outbreak of Coronavirus disease, has been providing daily enlightenment to staff on how to keep themselves and their families safe from infection. “Among others, it has ensured a compulsory temperature check on all staff and visitors, frequent hand washing and use of hand-sanitiser at points of entry into the Towers and all other locations of the corporation. “Also, the maintenance of social distancing at all times,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NNPC had condoled with the family of late Suleiman Achimugu, who passed on in the early hours of Monday after a bout with COVID-19. The corporation disclosed that the deceased was Managing Director of the then Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a downstream subsidiary of NNPC. It said the deceased went into self-isolation upon return from the United Kingdom on March 10.
The NNPC stated that the deceased had reported palpable symptoms of Coronavirus disease. It said the NNPC Medical Services team collaborated with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Public Health Department to ensure that all laid down protocols were followed in handling Mr Achimugu’s case. The corporation noted that its thoughts and prayers were with the entire members of the Achimugu family at this time.