By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that a Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital for the North Central geo-political zone be sited in Kwara State.
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora, disclosed this in a letter marked PEES/SGF/18/719 in which he said “I wish to extend my compliments and to convey Mr. President’s approval for the establishment of a neuropsychiatric hospital at Budo Efo”.
Mamora, in a letter to the State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq dated September 16, 2021 and titled ‘Re: Request for the establishment of a Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Kwara State for the North Central Geo-Political zone of Nigeria announced the approval to site the hospital in Kwara by the President.
Meanwhile, an elated Governor AbdulRazaq has commended President Buhari for approving Kwara to host the neuropsychiatric hospital for the north central zone.
In a statement, the Governor said the approval was a dream come true for the administration and the three serving senators from Kwara especially Senator Yahya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central), who is a medical doctor that worked hard to make the dream of Kwara to host the hospital come true.
“I send our profound appreciation to Mr. President for this huge honour done to our people. I also commend the Honourable Ministers of Health for supporting our bid for the strategic institution.
“This facility, like a few other federal initiatives already won by the state and those being put in place by our administration, seals the place of Kwara as the new go-to place in not just the north central but in the entire northern region,” Governor AbdulRazaq said.
He added: “This feat could not have been achieved without the huge efforts of our senators who deployed their goodwill every step of the way. I sincerely commend them for always working with us to achieve the greater Kwara project.”
The state government’s team is expected to meet with that of the Federal Ministry of Health later this month to facilitate the takeoff of the hospital.