Leading Indigenous Oil and Gas Servicing Company, AOS Orwell, announced a N10 million donation to the Hope for Sight Initiative (HSI) to assist in conducting cataract surgeries for residents of Ogun State.
The donation was made during a press conference with AOS Orwell, Inlaks (another donating company) and Eye Foundation in Victoria Island, Lagos, where over 700 Nigerians will benefit from the corporate social initiative. Speaking during the conference, the visionary of the initiative, 16-year old Lakshmi Gopinathan, said Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in Nigeria, as well as her passion to restore eyesight to those battling the disease, considering that she also contended with optical challenges as a child.
Available data disclosed that the disease is common in the older age group that is 50 years and above, it is on the rise especially in rural areas of Nigeria where sensitization levels are low and there is a general misconception of the disease and its treatment options.
Speaking on the donation, the Managing Director, AOS Orwell, Femi Omotayo explained the direction of the organization towards contributing to a better quality of living not just for its employees, but for its external community members as well.
His words, ‘We are a compassionate organization with a heart for people. This is why we jumped on this initiative when we were approached. It is a laudable cause and we are proud to throw the full force of our financial weight behind this.’
He further explained that the company has been involved in several other causes that give back to the community on a consistent note.
Speaking on behalf of Inlaks, the Group Head, Human Resources and Administration, Mrs. Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanya lauded the Hope for Sight Initiative and its goal to provide free surgeries to visually-impaired persons.
She said, ‘one of our Core Values at Inlaks is Excellence, and we are happy to partner with AOS Orwell working with the best in the industry; Eye Foundation on this initiative. It is important to one’s existence to have vision and having the heart to give back to society.’
She expressed her confidence in the Hope for Sight Initiative to change lives and reiterated Inlaks’ commitment to continuing with this noteworthy cause in line with its CSR drive.
In his address, Chief Business Development Officer, Eye Foundation, Mr. Adeyemi Oyewumi expressed his confidence in the initiative especially because Eye Foundation has conducted thousands of free cataract surgeries and sensitization programmes in the past.
He further explained that the selection process of candidates would be purely based on a few key factors such as the severity of the condition and willingness of those affected to participate in sensitization and surgery programme among other underlying considerations.
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‘Eye Foundation has some of the best and most experienced doctors for this magnitude of work. We have run a series of sensitization programmes and surgeries in the past and we are poised to deliver excellently and transparently on this as well. We are also very encouraged that organizations can recognize a need and go all out to meet that need”, he added.
AOS Orwell is a leader in the indigenous Oilfield Servicing industry with deep market experience and expertise in Wellbore Construction, Process Automation & Control, and Oilfield Tubular Goods. The organization has over 100 combined years of experience in servicing the Oil and Gas Industry in West Africa.