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TotalEnergies, partners move to prevent diseases with sanitary project in Rivers varsity

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
23 December 2021   |   2:41 am
Totalenergies Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) has commissioned 10 toilets at Rivers State University (RSU), Port Harcourt, to discourage open defecation.

Totalenergies Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) has commissioned 10 toilets at Rivers State University (RSU), Port Harcourt, to discourage open defecation.

Rivers State University


The sanitary project, which is an initiative of TotalEnergies, Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority, and ExxonMobil, includes two parts of five toilets each for females and males, urinals, hand washbasins, and dryers, supported by solar-powered water supply.

Speaking at the project site, Managing Director and Country Chair, TotalEnergies, Mike Sangster, disclosed that the intervention was in response to health challenges posed by infectious diseases and the need for preventive health care. He said the initiative would be replicated in all six geopolitical zones of the nation.

Sangster, who was represented by Executive Director, Corporate Services, Olatunji Akinwunmi, said: “Diseases like Ebola and COVID-19 pandemic have shown that basic hygiene, as hand washing and good sanitary environment, can go a long way in protecting the populace from infectious diseases.”

“This is why we decided to embark on this project, which is in line with our commitment to the wellbeing and economic development of not only our host states but also the country at large. It is our plan, therefore, to extend this important hygiene and sanitation project to the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

“Recently, 11 significant projects were inaugurated by TotalEnergies and our partners across the country to mitigate gaps in qualitative and technical education, maternal and child health, access to clean water, and women and youth empowerment, in consonance with related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“It is important to note that these projects were realised using the novel approach of “Project Managers”, which permits the delivery of projects in remote and challenging environments while ensuring the use of local expertise and stakeholder engagement.”

Vice-Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Nnamdi Okoroma, assured the donors of commitment to preserving the project, to ensure sustenance of its benefit to the institution and society at large.