ENGEN Namibia and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) have signed a N$100 000 fuel sponsorship agreement for the group’s mobile wellness clinics.
According to a recent statement issued by WBCG marketing and communications manager Maria Paulus, the sponsorship will be for one year with effect from today.
The WBCG Wellness project operates mobile clinics that focus on the well-being of the Namibia trucking industry, by providing on-site biometric wellness screening services.
This initiative also spreads beyond the trucking industry into allied industries to raise awareness about HIV prevention and promote a healthy lifestyle among mobile populations like drivers and general transport workers.
According to Paulus, this collaboration marks a significant boost to WBCG operations and is a milestone in the transport and logistics industry, as Engen becomes the exclusive fuel sponsor for WBCG for this year.
“This partnership seeks to strengthen the WBCG health and wellness interventions in Namibia, building on the initial support provided by Engen Namibia during the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
According to Engen’s managing director, Jean-Blaise Ollomo, the fuel sponsorship will contribute to the smooth operation of WBCG’s health and wellness services.
“This, in turn, will contribute towards the efficient provision of healthcare services across different regions of Namibia and potentially improve the overall health and well-being of communities.
“Engen Namibia is proud to support WBCG’s mission by providing high-quality and reliable fuel solutions to optimise their fleet’s performance and reach out to most communities benefiting from their service offering,” said Ollomo.
As a key player in the transport and logistics industry, WBCG plays a crucial role in facilitating the seamless flow of trade and further provides targeted health and wellness services to various vulnerable populations such as long-distance truck drivers and communities along the corridors and at the borders.
The WBCG wellness centres are located along the major transport corridors in Namibia and at identified hotpots. In Windhoek, the clinic is at the Brakwater weighbridge, where all haulage trucks pass.
WBCG chief executive Hippy Tjivikua said this collaboration underscores the importance of strategic partnerships in creating a positive and sustainable impact.
“By joining hands with Engen Namibia, we are not only strengthening our ability to provide essential health and wellness services, but also contributing to the overall well-being of the communities we serve,” he said.
“Together, we look forward to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who play a vital role in keeping our society connected,” Tjivikua added.
“The collaboration between Engen Namibia and the WBCG showcases a smart partnership between a fuel company and a corridor management institution. This type of collaboration can set an example for other industries, encouraging similar partnerships that benefit various sectors of the economy,” added Ollomo.
In 2020, Engen Namibia sponsored fuel valued at N$100 000 to support the WBCG’s health and wellness service programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
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