The Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has said that the state's partnership with the Federal Government (FG) through the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had yielded bountiful results.
The Governor stated this on Thursday in Makurdi during the Foundation Laying Ceremony of a 100 bed capacity clinic for women and children.
Voice of Nigeria gathered that the clinic is to be built by the office of the president on SDGs.
He recalled that immediately he assumed office, he started pursuing partnership with both local and international donors aggressively and it has paid off greatly.
Ortom noted that the partnership was the way to go owing to the economic challenges that had bedevilled the state in recent times
He also said that Benue State was a direct beneficiary of the SDGs projects, stressing that the office of the president through the adviser on SDGs had built two skills acquisition centres in Ado and Guma Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
''SDGs office has planted Orchards in Ushongo and Gboko LGAs and garri factories in Agatu and Ohimini LGAs of the state.
It has also donated six referral vehicles to six local government areas of the state for conveying pregnant women to places where they can receive medical attention,he said.
He stated that the adviser on SDGs was a worthy partner because the state had benefitted immensely from her office.
The Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on SDGs, Dr Magdalene Dura, also commended the FG for its support to the state through SDGs.
Dura said her office had built, equipped and donated 42 primary Healthcare centers to the state government.
She also said that it had dug several boreholes for communities including the Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPs) in the state, adding that some of the boreholes were solar powered while others were hand pumps.
The contractor, Mr Kayode Ajibade, of Technowell Global Concept Limited promised to complete the work according to specification and on schedule, stressing that it would be completed within 24 weeks.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Cecilia Ojabo represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr Terna Kur said that the ministry would ensure that all the necessary services were provided in the clinic for the overall benefit of the state and its citizens.
A member of the host community, Mr Gwaza Ujamatyu, appealed to the governor to construct the roads linking the clinic from Aper Aku stadium and to Nigeria Union of Journalists, Benue Council Secretariat for easy movement of women and children to and from it.
Source: Voice of Nigeria