Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, visited the Chief Executive of NNPC on Wednesday to hand over a site plan for a location that can be used to construct a modern health facility in the Capital City.
He said that the land is for the Corporation and its partners to build one of the permanent medical facilities pledged by the NNPC-led Oil and Gas Industry Coalition.
The Minister told his host, NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, that the land is located at the Southern border.
“We have already identified a location, because within the Abuja Master Plan we have a Medical City Development Project which is in Phase 2 of the City on the Southern Sector,” he said.
He said the donation is an outcome of meetings that FCTA had been holding with an NNPC Medical team on the possibility of developing a healthcare facility in Abuja for the benefit of residents and other Nigerians.
“We acknowledge the efforts of NNPC as a catalyst for development in Abuja and we felt that if an institution like NNPC is willing to set up a medical facility, we should give it maximum support.”
The Minister said he was impressed with the quality of interventions coming from the NNPC-led Oil and Gas Industry Coalition and commended Kyari for exemplary leadership since he took over as helmsman.
“I have no doubt whatsoever, based on your antecedent as an astute corporate manager, that you are the right partner to execute this project,” he said.
Mallam Kyari responded by disclosing that the NNPC had initiated the idea of establishing a state-of-the-art medical facility in the nation’s capital city long before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He appreciated the Minister for graciously allocating land for the proposed health facility.
The plan, he said, is to build infrastructure that would outlive the COVID-19 pandemic and is also capable of bringing real-time value to Nigerians.
The Minister was later taken to see the 70-bed NNPC Medical facility in Utako which is being upgraded as part of the corporation’s investment in the healthcare sector in the Federal Capital Territory.
He expressed satisfaction at the quality of work and assured that it would be included on the list of hospitals certified to handle COVID-19 patients should the pandemic persist.
COVER PHOTO: FCTA Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello (left), presents site location map of land allotted for NNPC health facility to the Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari (right), during the visit to the NNPC Towers.