KANO—Chief Executive of the Dangote Foundation, Ms Halima Dangote, has said that the ongoing construction of a multi-billion naira state-of-the-art Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano will be completed next year.
Ms Dangote, who disclosed this when her team visited the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, weekend, said the Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre will cost the Foundation N7 billion.
She attributed the earlier delay to technical hitches and said the new contractor, Dantata and Sawoe, has returned to site. She also said the routine immunization programme of the Foundation has been extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina.
She said the foundation’s Business School’s Project at the Bayero University Kano has gulped N524 million, even as it injected N500 million into Kano School of Technology.
Ms Dangote also revealed that the Foundation was determined to build a 500MW of electricity station in Kano. She described some of the projects as “game changing projects” to be completed in the next two years.
Responding, Governor Ganduje said the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has done a lot for the people of Kano who will remain grateful forever. He singled out the contribution of the Foundation to the fight against polio disease, adding that it was indeed a massive intervention.
He said with the help of the Dangote Foundation, the state will soon be given its polio free certificate, adding: “We are ready to do anything to support your effort.”
He further described Dangote’s intervention at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital as massive, saying the hospital is one of the oldest in West Africa.
The Foundation has also completed the construction of seven out of the 11 primary health care centres it is building in the state.