HIV/AIDS: Total boosts social responsibility to host communities in Nigeria
Total Group, comprising the Total Upstream and downstream arm, Total Nigeria Limited, have donated a comprehensive set of High Tech Screening Machines to ST. Luke’s Hospital Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
This, according to the company is meant to enable indigenes of the state have access to advanced HIV/AIDS screening at a very low cost.
This was revealed by the Managing Directors of the two companies, Guy Maurice and Francois Boussagol at the official launch of its expanded community HIV/AIDS preventive awareness and care project in Akwa Ibom State recently.
Represented by General Manager Strategy, Mr. Jeff Nnamani, the company said that, the initiative started in 2006, adding that, four phases of the initiative have taken place in 14 out of the 36states in the country.
“The modalities adopted in the development of this initiative are in full compliance with the United Nations recommended Standards which involves intervention with the communities, addressing specific issues of concern and capacity building for peer educators. These were achieved through our technical partnership with NIBUCAA the voice of the private sector response to HIV/AIDS.
“Our fight against HIV/AIDS is a fight to protect our great nation Nigeria, our host communities, employee’s families, organization and society from HIV. This fight has been adopted by the Total Group World-wide as an essential component of our Group’s sustainable development policy and as such is fully integrated into our global strategy”.
The company said it was the first oil and gas firm in Nigeria to enter into a Memorandum of Association with the Akwa Ibom State government with an annual spend of over N700 million.
According to it: “This year alone, the MoU budget is comprising 1000 university, 90 local and 16 foreign post graduate skill development, 175 million scholarships and 10 million for micro credit.”