The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that N1.1billion will be required for the total renovation of Suleja General Hospital.
Mr. Bello said the decision to renovate the health facility was in compliance with his administration’s restoration agenda following the infrastructural decay in the hospital due to many years of neglect.
He listed the rehabilitation of wards, consulting rooms, installation of state of the art medical equipment, laboratory facilities, doctor’s and nurses’ quarters as what is involved in the project which will cost the government N1.1billion.
The governor disclosed this in a meeting with some elders and All Progressives Party (APC) leaders in Suleja on Friday.
The meeting was led by Abubakar Lado, the lawmaker representing Suleja/Tafa/Gurara Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.
“With the rate of expansion of Suleja and the neglect the overstretched General Hospital has suffered over the years that has led to gross infrastructural decay, we have resolved to carry out total renovation of the hospital to enable it meet the health needs of our people.”
He also unveiled plans to address the water challenges being faced by the residents of the commercial city.
According to him, “We are almost through with the Minna water scheme and we are moving into Suleja to address the challenges at the Suleja Water Works. We are carrying out an holistic overhaul of Suleja water works as well as the reticulation network within the city and neighbouring towns”.
The governor also said that in meeting the environmental hazards associated with growing cities like Suleja, two new fire stations will be built in the town to complement the newly rehabilitated township fire station.
He then called on the people of the area to remain committed in meeting their civic responsibilities to the state as he reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to its restoration agenda.
Earlier the leader of the team, Mr. Lado commended the efforts of the governor at ensuring even distribution of dividends of democracy across the length and breadth of the state.
The delegation expressed appreciation to the governor for considering some of their wards for appointments.
Suleja, though situated in Niger State, is about 30 minutes drive from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The ever-increasing cost of living in Abuja metropolis has forced many workers to the neighbouring town causing a shift of population and growth of Suleja.