Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC) has implemented far reaching measures to ensure safety of personnel and facilities in its operating and field locations.
Prior to the lockdown declared by the Federal Government in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, NAOC popularly known as “Agip” took measures to protect its personnel and facilities from the spread of COVID-19 following WHO guidelines and international best practices.
Prior to the index case in Nigeria and weeks before the Federal or State governments started declaring lockdowns and movement restrictions, Agip had already implemented smart working and “quarantine/isolation at home” with its personnel whereby most of the personnel were directed to stay at home to curb the spread of the COVID-19 spread. Sensitization and awareness campaigns on prevention of COVID-19 commenced long before the first case in Nigeria.
Crew change, which is necessary to allow personnel take rest and be with their loved ones, were carefully planned to observe all the measures prescribed by all the relevant agencies of government.
Consequently, NAOC also implemented the new crew change of 28 days as advised by DPR and ensured that its personnel observe the thoroughly documented measures including the mandatory 14 days prior to resumption in the operating locations in line with the DPR guide. In addition to the mandatory isolation, rigorous medical screening is performed before any personnel is allowed to resume in the locations at exit and entry points; all resuming personnel wear appropriate personal protective equipment (including face masks, gloves, etc.) and observe all the necessary measures recommended by our medical personnel which are in line with WHO, NCDC guidelines.
The company’s crew change to Brass is usually by chopper or boats after fulfilling all health and safety requirements.
NAOC personnel are its most important assets and it will never embark on any activity if all health and safety standards have not been met.
At present, the company’s request for approval to fly chopper to remote locations within Rivers State has not been clearly granted and as a law-abiding company it will continue to operate within the available permits.
NAOC union is one of the strongest in the oil industry and it engages continuously on the issue of prevention of COVID-19 and all other relevant operating challenges at this time.
As a responsible Corporate citizen, the company is supporting the country’s initiatives to prevent the spread of the virus as well as save lives of the people.