World Bank, Nigeria companies

Sets up digitised hospitals, others 

Akwa Ibom State Government and the World Bank are jointly taking a bold step to curtail the menace of flooding in some parts of the state capital, Uyo. 

The project, estimated to cost about N52 billion, will also involve the redesigning of the master plan of the city.

Speaking in a chat with newsmen, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Emem-Obong, said some parts of the city still experience flooding because previous channels dug to de-flood the city were not properly emptied to the required bodies of water.

“Governor Udom Emmanuel saw the need to eliminate the challenges of flooding in some parts of Uyo. An assessment of the situation showed that the previous efforts in that regard did not achieve the desired results because the collected water is not properly emptied. Most parts of Uyo are very low ground and that is why flooding occurs in some place when it rains,* he explained.

In the health sector, the commissioner said the administration has rebuilt and expanded  11 general hospitals across the state.

“The hospitals are digitised and are smart hospitals served by a Central Server. What that means is that if somebody goes for treatment at Ikot Ekpene General Hospital and his medical records taken there. If for one reason or the other he goes to Abak and there is need for him to seek medical attention, his medical records can be accessed in Ikot Ekpene from Abak.

*Before Governor Emmanuel came to office and decided to upgrade those facilities, some of them were not better than mere mortuary. For adequate staffing, 130 medical doctors were employed and 30 high level consultants also engaged. The state administration is able to retain the services of these workers because of the good treatment being given them,” he added.

Emem-Obong said the decision to set up the hospitals was to reduce referral time of patients.

On the establishment of the Coconut Oil Factory in Mkpat Enin, he commended the governor for having a vision to safeguard the future of the state and its people.

“The installed capacity is to process about a million coconuts a day. The state is a big producer of coconut in the country and apart from getting the raw material from the local farmers, the administration has also set up coconut plantations where over 3 million seeds have been planted.

To ensure that our youths benefit from the job opportunities in the place, the governor directed that the model to be used should allow for a larger human machine interface.

“There is no fear of how to properly manage those businesses as the governor has shown great example with the way Ibom Airlines is being run. Though owned by the government, it is run like a private enterprise. The management and the board are dominated by private business people and every six months they come to the executive council meeting to give an update on their activities. Remember that Governor Emmanuel is an investment banker and an auditor for over three decades,” he stated.

On what gave rise to the construction of the 21-storey Dakkada Tower, Emem-Obong said it was to meet the accommodation needs of international oil companies operating in the state.

“The IOCs are saying that they don’t have good place to use as offices. It is to meet their needs and that will let them pay their taxes here in Akwa Ibom. It is fitted with the state-of-the-art facilities,” he said.

On the construction of a new terminal building at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, Emem-Obong said it is being designed in a way that the biggest airplane would be able to land and take off at the airport.

“We have domestic and international wings and it is the first in the country where passengers can transit from the local to the domestic wing and vice versa without coming out of the building. It is also a smart edifice that will compare favourably with any other in any part of the world,” he stressed. 

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