According to The Nation, oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and CNL, has cleared the air over speculations that a foreign employee contracted the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection.
In a statement by CNL’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, the firm explained that one employee, an expartiate, who demonstrated flu-like symptoms at its Escravos base in Warri South-West council area of Delta state, tested negative to the virus.
He added that the company is taking precautions that will ensure the safety of its staff and their families as it monitors the global pandemic.
“Chevron continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world and has been utilising the guidance of international and local health authorities. We are regularly updating our workforce and will continue to adjust plans as appropriate as we receive more information.
“Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and their family members, and we are taking precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure.
“CNL confirms that one of its employees, an expatriate in the company’s Escravos operation, who was recently monitored over flu-like symptoms has tested negative to the Coronavirus.
“Chevron is actively responding to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak. Some of the preventive measures in CNL include daily temperature screening at the entry points to our offices and field locations, issuance of travel advisory to guide all rotational/business and personal travels, pre-embarkation screening, more utilization of non-face to face meeting tools and minimising inviting external parties to CNL’s office,” Esimaje explained.
He further noted that its workforce are regularly advised on simple personal hygiene measures, like regular washing of hands, covering cough and sneezes, in a bid to protect one another.