IT was all fanfare during the ground breaking ceremony of the 200 bed capacity Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
The hospital, which is intended to meet International standards with best practices, would provide various aspects of medical services and state of the art equipment, with the requisite Professionals to match such equipments.
In his speech, Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, who appreciated the governors of Anambra and Abia States for sending their deputies to grace the auspicious occasion, also extended gratitude to President Buhari for finding Ebonyi State fit to host the medical center.
Governor Umahi said they are running a medical college in the southern part of the state, and it is fathomed to be the best, with production of dializers, among special equipments. He also mentioned that senior Army officers would receive a plot of land from the state government as part of their retirement benefits.
The Governor of Ebonyi State further called on the Buhari led administration, to desist from changing service chiefs, rather, the funding of the armed forces should be increased, and adequate information brought to all security agencies.
Speaking to National Light, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended the laudable project of the Nigerian Army, which would be delivered in 24 weeks and six months.
“I wish such comes into Anambra. I also love the fact that they also have an isolation centre to help the people of Ebonyi in handling COVID-19 situations” Okeke said.
Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, represented by Chief of Policy and Plans Army Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, commended the officers and soldier of the Nigerian Army for their gallantry in the various operations across Nigeria.
“We have made remarkable progress in the fight against insurgency, militancy, oil bunkering, kidnapping and other criminal activities. I urge all gallant troupes to keep it up and remain professional in performing our constitutional responsibilities” Gen. Buratai said.
The Chief of Army Staff also stated that the Nigerian Army, which is committed to ensuring the welfare of its personnel and families, including the deceased families, has decided to start the construction of a 200 bed capacity hospital to handle tertiary level health care for their troupes, families, and the general populace within the South East region.
Gen. Buratai also commended President Buhari and state governments for their continuous support to the Nigerian Army, and prayed relevant stakeholders support the initiative for the completion of the project.