Abuja - NNPC has pledged to support the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) to build a befitting hospital for heart surgery in the country.
Mr Andrew Yakubu, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, made the pledge on Thursday in Abuja when Mr Nwankwo Kanu, the founder of KHF and former Super Eagles captain, paid him a courtesy visit.
"As an entity, we believe in Corporate Social Responsibility. We participate in things geared toward giving back to the society.
"Therefore, we will support you in this laudable project, and also urge other stakeholders within our areas of operation to do so."
Yakubu lauded Kanu for his achievements in football and for his decision to give back to the society the gains that accrued to him from the profession.
He said that a team of medical staff in the corporation would be designated to collaborate with the KHF in order to examine key areas where the NNPC could assist.
He also assured the former soccer star that NNPC would honour the invitation to the launching of the new KHF Hospital in Abuja on March 14.
Earlier, Kanu had told the GMD that the foundation, which has so far conducted 452 successful heart operations, planned to build a hospital in the country to carry out heart operations locally.
He said the foundation had been experiencing challenges in funding its activities, and called on the NNPC to support it to give hope to Nigerian kids with heart problems.
"As you know, we are currently the champions of Africa in football. It will surely be nice if we also become the champions of Africa in the health sector.
"We will like NNPC to reach out to other stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to support us."
"Currently, we have about 150 cases of pending; we believe that when this hospital is built in Abuja, Nigerians with heart defects will find medical solace with ease."
He expressed optimism that when the hospital becomes operational, children with heart problems would no longer be going abroad to seek medical attention.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that KHF was founded in 2000 as a charity organisation, out to help under-privileged African children with heart problems to get treatment.