Visits SPDC With Family Relations
By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja
Emotions were raised as the survivor of the 2005 Sosoliso plane crash which claimed many lives, Miss Kechi Okwuchi, paid a thank you visit to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).
Miss Okwuchi, in company of her family relations to were there to xpress gratitude for the medical and financial assistance the company rendered to her after the tragic incident.
According to a statement by the company signed by the Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, Miss Okwuchi was accompanied by her father’s friend, Mazi Victor Okoronkwo and her aunty, Mrs. Uloma Umeano.
He said they were received by Mr. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Miss Okwuchi, who was returning from school in Abuja to Port Harcourt, survived the crash but suffered third-degree burns.
When her plight came to the notice of SPDC, the company promptly stepped in and ensured that she was air-lifted to South Africa for immediate medical attention and treatment. She later moved to the United States where she has undergone several surgeries with SPDC’s continued financial support.
Kechi’s father, Mr. Okwuchi, in a letter read by Mazi Okoronkwo said: “On December 10, 2005, Shell intervened, notwithstanding the medical uncertainty to save life regardless of cost; intervention propelled by a corporate policy that puts life above else. We thank and applaud you for it.”
Miss Okwuchi said during her ‘thank you’ mission: “I am incredibly grateful and I walk through every day of my life knowing that I am here today because of the amount of effort SPDC put into making sure that I stayed alive…you came when all looked dark and you shone a light of hope into my life.”
She shared how her family would remain grateful to SPDC for ensuring she received the best medical care available, adding ‘I have never seen this kind of kindness from a corporation before.”
She also presented a certificate of recognition from the Shriners Hospitals for Children (Galveston, Texas) to SPDC for its thoughtful and generous contribution to the hospital.
Mr. Okunbor responded: “it was instinctive for us as an organisation to react the way we did as the most important thing for us then was to save and preserve lives. Even though we were not directly involved, the leadership decided that we had to intervene and do all we could as a company to help and today, I am happy we did.”