The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Thursday, said it will invest in the health sector. Maikanti Baru, the group managing director noted that this decision was part of the plans of NNPC to make the corporation become a viable commercial entity.
A statement from the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu explained that Mr. Baru had said this while inaugurating the boards of the NNPC Medical Services Limited (NMSL) and the NNPC Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) Limited in Abuja.
Baru said: “My vision is to make NNPC a renowned Health Medical Services (HMS) provider globally. In the nearby future, we are committed to making our medical facilities a reference point for the provision of world-class health medical services in Africa and beyond.”
The statement further explained that due to recent restructuring of the corporation, its Group Medical Services was realigned as a new venture non-core business entity, charged with the responsibility of creating new medical businesses which would make profits.
The statement added, that the NNPC Medical Services Division has 52 clinics and hospitals in different locations of the corporation in Nigeria, that render health services to staff and their family members.
Mr. Baru, urged the new board members to offer necessary direction to health service delivery in NNPC according to best practices. “It is going to be a new terrain for all of you. You must take advantage of the latest and most efficient technological advancement in healthcare service delivery,” he said. He also appealed to the boards to liaise with the best partners as it is very important for service delivery.
“With this development, the existing NNPC Hospitals will compete for clients with other top class hospitals in locations where they operate hence quality of service would be improved,” Babatunde Adeniran who is chairman of the two boards said.