Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Friday donated post-crash equipment worth N14 million to Federal Road Safety Corps and Rivers Government.
Mr Kiri Obomanu, SPDC Coordinator, Road Safety Unit, while handing over the equipment in Port Harcourt stated that the equipments would be used to save lives of accident victims.
Also stating that aside the equipment which was donated, that the company had trained and kitted volunteers, who would be deployed to strategic locations to quickly respond and administer first aid to accident victims.
The equipment is part of SPDC’s Post-Crash programme, which seeks to prevent and provide medical care to accident victims to enable them to survive injuries, and therefore has employed the services of volunteers who would be stationed along crash and community corridors with focus to providing first aid services to accident victims. – he stated.
He said that the equipment which were being donated to the Rivers State Government and the FRSC would be deployed to the roads to save lives.
Obomanu also stated the plans, which were on to provide emergency ambulance centres at strategic locations and flashpoints to enable medical teams to respond quickly to accidents in the Niger Delta.
Receiving the equipment, Mr Jonas Agu, the Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC Zone six, Port Harcourt, appreciated the equipments stating the severity and death of road crashes, comparing its rate to that of malaria and HIV/AIDS in the country.
He said the equipment would aid current moves by authorities of FRSC to set high standards in operations.
The Rivers Commissioner for Transport, Mr Akie Fubara, commended SPDC for the donation and promised that the equipment would be judiciously used and maintained to save lives.
He urged other multinational oil companies operating in the area to emulate SPDC and improve on their corporate social responsibility to the people.