Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to make Bonny Island malaria-free.
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Bert Leonard represented the United States government at the signing ceremony Tuesday, March 23, in Abuja, while the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company, Engr. Tony Attah represented the NLNG.
Under the 5-year Memorandum of Understanding, the US Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) administered by the USAID, will provide technical assistance to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company-led Bonny Island Malaria Elimination Project.
The partnership seeks to bring malaria deaths to zero in the community of about 300,000 and make the island Nigeria’s first malaria-free zone.
Speaking at the occasion, Engr. Attah expressed government’s readiness to put Bonny Island on the map as one of the first malaria-free communities in Nigeria and a reference point in the global eradication of the disease, noting that malaria has negatively impacted on health in Nigeria, so it wass time to change the narrative and be free from the economic burden of this scourge such that our resources can be used to tackle other issues.
He said “We hope to set a precedent for the private sector in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which align with our vision of helping build a better Nigeria”.
Ambassador Leonard commended the efforts of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company to meet its social responsibility in helping the economic climate of Bonny Island by improving the health of its residents.
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company is based on the island just off the Atlantic coast in Rivers State and began the Bonny Malaria Elimination Project in 2019 as part of its vision to transform Bonny Island into a tourism and economic hub in the West African region.