…. Akwa Ibom Gov assures private sector of partnership
The serenity of the village of Afaha Obong in Abak Local government area of Akwa Ibom State was broken on Thursday when it received unusual number of guests who came to witness the ground breaking ceremony of the proposed Thompson & Grace Medical City projects by the Governor of the state Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Performing the ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel, represented by his deputy Mr. Moses F. Ekpo said that his administration would continue to partner the private sector towards boosting the economy of the state.
He praised the ingenuity and patriotic spirit of the Group Managing Director of Thompson & Grace Investments, Dr. Isaac Amos for sitting the project in Akwa Ibom State.
He assured the proprietors of the Proposed Medical City of the State Government’s adequate support to bring the project to fruition, adding that the present administration would constantly create enabling environment that would attract private sector to invest in the state.
The governor noted that the project, apart from the medical solutions that the Medical City would bring to the entire African continent, “it is hoped that not less than 35,000 Akwa Ibom State indigenes will assess employment opportunity when the project takes off.”
Thompson & Grace Medical City projects include the proposed Medical University, 505 Megawatts Combined Cycle Power Plant and Parenteral Infusion & Dialysis Concentrate Plant, all to be located in a vast expanse of virgin land in Abak, Akwa Ibom State.
Welcoming guests to the event, Dr. Amos said that “the justification for the establishment of the Thompson & Grace Medical University and its sister entities in the Medical City is part of his company’s efforts at promoting and enhancing medical education, clinical research and delivery of health care.”
According to him, “through these projects, we the proprietors pledge quality health education standards for our people, employment for our youths and medical practitioners, some of who are currently forced to work in other nations.”
Dr. Amos who described the Medical City project as the centre of medical excellence in the world, declared that when it comes on stream, “we would have reduced the need by Nigerians to travel to the United States of America, United Kingdom, India, China, Germany, or any other nation in search of cure and healing.”
He added: “no more would our tropical diseases look to temperate regions for help and cure. And no more would our people be victims of preventable, treatable and curable diseases because of ignorance and non-availability of requisite medical training, equipment and infrastructure.”
One of project partners, Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Ruzicka, Director, Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany said that promised to deploy experienced medical experts to support the project.
Chiedu Ndubisi, Technical Adviser to the Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) who represented the DG, Mr. Aminu Diko, pledged the support of his Commission to the proprietors of the projects in facilitating their requests to the Federal Government.