SDGs: FG Builds 100 Bed Capacity Clinic For Women And Children In Makurdi
From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
The Federal Government through the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded plans to build a 100 bed capacity clinic for women and children in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Speaking Thursday, in Makurdi during the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the clinic, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom expressed joy that the state’s partnership with the federal government has yielded bountiful results.
The governor who lauded federal government over the project explained that the clinic would 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 had paid off greatly.
He noted that partnership was the way to go owing to the economic challenge that had bedeviled the state in the recent past.
He said that the state was the 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 have built orange plant 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.
Also, the Adviser to Governor Ortom on SDGs, Dr Magdalene Dura, commended the FG for its support to the state through SDGs.
Mrs Dura disclosed that the SDGs had built 42 primary healthcare centres, equipped and donated 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 panel while others were hand pumps.
The contractor, Mr Kayode Ajibade, 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 fro it.