The fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has received a boost with the renovation of a 70-bed space hospital at Utako District of the City by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to complement the effort of the FCT administration.
This was made known when the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello led a delegation from the FCTA on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari at the Corporation’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Mallam Bello said on completion, the medical facility will also serve as a development catalyst for the area just as the NNPC Towers has attracted development to the Abuja City Center after its construction over 20 years ago.
He noted that “when reputable organisations like the NNPC and associations in the oil and gas industry set up a project, it will serve as a magnet that will attract other investments and we will all be the better for it.”
The minister acknowledged and thanked the NNPC and the entire oil and gas industry for their support to the FCT in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He equally acknowledged the positive role the NNPC has played in the development of the city over the years and the Corporation’s plan to develop a world-class medical facility in the territory.
Mallam Bello revealed that the Corporation has been allocated a piece of land at the proposed Abuja Medical City Development Project located at the Phase 2 development area of the city for the construction of the medical facility in conjunction with its partners in the oil and gas industry.
Bello further hinted that an international multilateral financial organisation with the Federal Government as a shareholder along with 26 other African countries has also been allocated a plot for the construction of a centre of excellence for the provision of medical services also at the Abuja Medical City Development Project.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari who led the FCT delegation on a tour of the 70-bed hospital which includes 10 Intensive Care Units, commended the FCT Administration for its efforts in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory saying that despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus, the FCTA medical personnel always respond promptly and professionally whenever their services are required.
Kyari also used the occasion to reveal that the NNPC had plans to construct a world-class international convention centre in the city saying that the existing ones were inadequate.
On the entourage of the FCT Minister were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Mallam Bashir Mai-Borno, the Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin and other senior staff of the FCT Administration.
Source: Voice of Nigeria