By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Bauchi state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the HP Capital for the establishment of state university teaching hospital worth about 1billion US dollars.
Governor Bala Mohammed of the state while speaking during the official signing of the MoU at the government house on Thursday, said his administration is resolute in bringing quality and qualitative healthcare services to the door steps of the citizens.
“As a leader I am taking my council or cabinet through the challenges of making sure we provide solution in a lasting bases for healthcare and Education in Nigeria”, he said.
Governor Bala Mohammed while stating that about one billion dollars would be spent in establishing the hospital, noted that the project will take-off with about 240m dollars.
He said that the teaching hospital when established, will create limitless opportunity for employment to many people.
The Governor said his administration is opening up Bauchi to the global world to make sure that it has provided opportunities not only for Bauchi people but everywhere.
“We are bringing quality and qualitative healthcare system to Nigeria that will arrest the capital flight as well as bring services close to the people at the level of affordability that has been really midwived between us and HP Capital”, Bala Mohammed assured.
Governor Bala while assuring the investors of Bauchi government’s readiness to protect their investment said, his administration will not take HP Capital for granted.
“We know what it means to damn all the consequences, perception about insecurity and so on, and even the international perception about the country, yet you have faith in us”, he said.
“You could have diverted the investment elsewhere which we knew you were about do it but because of the faith and confidence you have in us, we assure that as a state government and as a subnational within the country Nigeria, we will do everything possible to make sure this business works”, the governor maintained.
Governor Bala directed all the ministries and departments responsible to make sure they open up the key leverages and latitude for the business to work even outside the scope of the MoU and agreement.
Earlier speaking, the Managing Director of HP Capital limited, Mr. Vandishwar Kausal said that the project is meant to address the existing shortfall in the healthcare system across the world.
The MD while thanking Governor Bala and his cabinet for reposing the confidence in his organization said they are going to build a 250 bed university hospital which will be affiliated with a UK university.
Mr Kausal who said that the degrees will be the same with those that are in the UK, and the curriculum will also be the same, added that HP will also be building 2500 staff accommodation to international standard in addition to about 7500 units of students accommodation.
The HP MD said a 20-30 seater convention center with adequate facilities needed would be constructed, said with the proposed site been next to the airport, the teaching hospital will take full advantage that will make Bauchi the center of healthcare delivery not only in the North but Nigeria as a whole.
In addition, the MD said his organization will also build regular hotel and a 5-star hotels, adding that state government is at liberty to inform it of what else they need since there is adequate land.