Written by Godfrey AKON

FCTA offers NNPC land for modern health facility




The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has offered land to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC-led oil and gas industry partners for the construction of a modern health facility.

Minister of FCTA, Mallam Muhammad Bello, presented a copy of the site offered for the proposed NNPC medical facility to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Melle Kyari, during a visit to the corporation’s headquarters in Abuja.

Bello, who commended the leadership of NNPC for rallying the oil and gas industry to support the nation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, said he was impressed with the quality of interventions coming from the NNPC-led coalition.

“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,” he said.

A statement by the corporation’s spokesperson, Dr Kennie Obetaru, said the minister also commended Kyari for his sterling performance since assumption of office, adding that his administration had been holding discussions with the NNPC Medical team on the possibility of developing a healthcare facility in Abuja for the benefit of all residents and other Nigerians.

Bello said the visit was in furtherance of the discussions with the NNPC Medical Team and to formally present offer of a parcel of land to NNPC and its partners to build one of the permanent medical facilities pledged by the NNPC-led Oil and Gas Industry Coalition.

“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. We have been able to allocate a suitable piece of land there for the NNPC and its partners. 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.

The minister also visited 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, expressed satisfaction at the quality of work and assured of its inclusion on the list of hospitals certified to handle COVID-19 patients should the pandemic persist.

In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Kyari, said NNPC, as a responsible and proactive corporate citizen, had initiated the idea of establishing a state-of-the-art medical facility in the nation’s capital city even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasized that NNPC’s aspiration was to build infrastructure that would outlive the COVID-19 pandemic and capable of bringing real-time value to Nigerians, while appreciating the minister for graciously allocating land for the proposed health facility 




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