Power generation company, Mainstream Energy powers Nigeria’s COVID-19 fight with N500m donation; -By Keem Abdul-
Metaphorically speaking, power is critical to the operations of many organisations and indeed the march of civilisation across the world. How fitting it is then that Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL) which generates about 25% of Nigeria’s power supply, is also powering the nation’s efforts to combat the dreaded novel coronavirus pandemic. Chaired by eminent statesman Colonel Sani Bello (rtd), the company has made a donation of much-needed medical equipment and personal protection equipment (PPE), valued at about 500 million naira to some of the frontline institutions combating the pandemic in Nigeria.
The first recipients of this noble donation, valued at about 500 million naira, are the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) and the Minna Isolation Centre in Niger State. Among the items donated to the UATH for use in its COVID-19 Isolation Ward were X-Ray machines, Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanners, digitizers, and top quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A 350Kva generator was also given to the hospital by the power generation company to ensure constant power supply during this critical period. Also, the company fully furnished nine rooms at the Teaching Hospital’s newly constructed Trauma Centre so the rooms could be used to accommodate doctors and nurses attending to COVID-19 patients and unable to return home to their families due to prescribed isolation requirements. The company also offered to offset the hotel bills of all health workers of UATH who were being accommodated in a hotel to enable them concentrate on the battle against the pandemic in the hospital. That very thoughtful initiative by MESL is characteristic of the leadership provided by the company’s Chairman in tandem with the organisation’s astute Executive Management and its Board of Directors.
The company has always taken Corporate Social Responsibility seriously and in 2016 established its Mainstream Foundation to coordinate its interventions in four (4) key focus areas namely, Education, Health, Community Empowerment and Environment. The states within MESL’s primary areas of operation – Niger, Kogi, Kwara and Kebbi States- have on many occasions benefited from the company’s commitment to making visible, sustainable impact in its host states.
As Nigeria contends with the pandemic, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited has also extended its graciousness to Niger State COVID-19 Isolation Centre in the state’s capital, Minna. It fully equipped the 50-bed Isolation Centre and provided medical equipment such as ventilators, ECG machines, hematology analyzers, X-Ray machines and PPE.
The Company will also be intervening in other states in Nigeria, through its Corporate Social Responsibility vehicle, Mainstream Foundation. Mainstream’s Energy Solutions Limited remains committed to continue fulfilling its role as an essential service provider, to generate and deliver safe and reliable electricity for the benefit of Nigerians, during this challenging period. Against the odds and even with debts running into billions of naira being owed Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited by many clients – including the Federal Government – the company’s goodwill gesture to save Nigerians from the coronavirus pandemic is even more laudable. If Nigeria is to surmount the billowing tempest of COVID-19, other organisations would do well to emulate the resilience and corporate social responsibility of Col Sani Bello’s Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited.