By Chinyere Anyanwu


L-R: Dr. Azubuike, Ugboaja, CMD, NAUTH, Nnewi; Gogo Dienye, NLNG Head Counsel, Litigation & Regulatory Risk Management; Prof. Yusuf Jibrin, CMD, ATBUTH, Bauchi; Dr. Philip Mshelbila, NLNG MD/CEO; Olakunle Osobu; NLNG Deputy MD; Andy Odeh, NLNG GM, External Relations and Sus. Dev.; and Fatima Adanan, NLNG GM Finance, during the signing of MoUs recently.

Nigeria LNG (NLNG) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with three hospitals to complete the second phase of its multi-billion-naira Hospital Support Programme (NLNG HSP).

The NLNG Hospital Support Programme (HSP) is the company’s national corporate social responsibility initiative aimed at boosting the healthcare delivery system in 12 federal university teaching hospitals and health institutions across the six geopolitical zones in the country. The programme started in 2022 with the signing and implementation of MoUs with six hospitals in the first phase.

For the second phase, NLNG’s Managing Director, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, signed MoUs with the respective medical directors of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba for the renovation and equipping of Neonatal Wards and Intensive Care Unit; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for the construction and equipping of laboratory complex; and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, for the renovation and construction of an oxygen plant.

In a welcome address at the ceremony, Dr. Mshelbila stated that the HSP initiative was conceived on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic when NLNG donated numerous intensive care medical equipment to medical institutions across Nigeria. According to the NLNG boss, one of the fundamentals of the HSP programme is to foster partnerships that support infrastructural development and encourage immediate utilisation of the facilities to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians. 

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The NLNG boss said: “Through this MoU, we will be able to channel our collective efforts towards addressing the healthcare needs of our people, promoting healthcare delivery and driving positive change in the lives of vulnerable individuals.

“The hospitals involved in today’s MoU have a proven and long-standing tradition of providing quality healthcare services to all sections of society. This MoU will amplify our collective impact, leveraging our resources, expertise and locations to the outcomes of the HSP.”

Dignitaries at the event include NLNG’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Olakunle Osobu; NLNG’s General Manager, Finance, Mrs. Fatima Adanan; Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr. Osiatuma Azubuike; CMD, Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Prof. Joseph Ugboaja; and CMD, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Prof. Yusuf Jibrin.

Beneficiaries of Phase 1 of the HSP include Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos; University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano; University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin; University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar; and Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Yenagoa. 

Projects already delivered in Phase 2 include the equipping of the renal centre at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Port Harcourt; the renovation and equipping of an accident and emergency unit and theatre at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo; and the construction and equipping of a twin theatre suite at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos. NLNG has commissioned eight of the projects so far. 

The HSP is a multi-billion-naira scheme by NLNG to reshape the healthcare landscape and enhance medical training within teaching hospitals nationwide. All the completed projects are already in active use.   

NLNG is a significant player in the energy industry globally and in Nigeria and is one of the single-largest contributors to sustainable development in the country.