*Kogi Infrastructure; Works Commissioner Embarks on Inspection Tour.*
*By Abah Benjamin Eneojoh Treasure
In a bid to turn the fortunes of the state around, Kogi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello have invested hugely in infrastructural development across the 3 Senatorial zones of the state, to the admiration and commendation of all.
Today, the State Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar S. Ohere, FNSE began an assessment tour of the ongoing Housing Projects across the state.
Starting with the Ultra Modern General Hospital in Gegu, Koto-karfi, Kogi LGA, the honorable commissioner was conducted around by the site Engineer, Mr. Ezekiel Marcus in order to ascertained the level and quality of work done so far.
Engr. Ohere who spoke to the Community after the inspection said, “as you can all see, Governor Bello is more than determined and committed to bringing here the best ultra modern hospital to the people of Gegu and the neighbouring communities to improved their health care delivery.”
He further stressed that, this noble venture will go down in history as an epoch making event once commissioned and fully operational and all those involved will surely reap huge divine results courtesy of the prayers of both the would be patients and those that will also be provided with various forms of employment when the Hospital comes into full operation.
He commended the handlers of the project, Feranmi Greenfield Resources Ltd for the quality of job being done and urged them to ensure completion is attained within the marked period as His Excellency is eager to deliver on his campaign promises to the good people of the state.
Thereafter, Engr. Ohere headed Kogi State Polytechnic in the state capital, Lokoja where he was warmly received and conducted around by the Rector, Dr. Usman Ogbo S.
Overwhelmed by the construction and renovation works done within the institution, Engr. Ohere commended the leadership style of Dr. Ogbo and urged him to keep the torch burning. He made observations and recommendations and declared the readiness of the ministry where interventions are required, with the usual support of His Excellency. He reiterated Governor Bello’s resolve to not only ensure the state institutions perform excellently and maximally, not fall short with the academic calendar but also have conducive learning environment for effective acquisition of knowledge.
The physically elated Rector, Dr. Ogbo appreciated his August Visitor for the honor done on him and the institution. He dedicated his much applauded wins to Governor Bello for his tremendous supports.
In a similar development, The Honourable Commissioner proceeded to inspect the ongoing construction/renovation of the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja as part of measures to make quality health care services available to residents of Kogi state and its environs.
Speaking immediately after being conducted through by the Site Engineer, Mr. Lawrence, Engr. Ohere said that the essence of the inspection was borne out of the need to ascertain the progress achieved so far by the contractor handling the project, whether work is carried out according to specifications.
Ohere reiterated Government’s commitment to the completion of the ongoing renovation and construction work at the Specialist Hospital lokoja.
He revealed that the hospital project is dear to the heart of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, and that is why he has gone steps further to seek expert advice on how to upgrade the services to world class standard at the specialist hospital, lokoja.
The Governor has done so much for the health sector in the state which includes the setting up of the health care plus in the State health insurance scheme. Ongoing building of Referral Hospital in Kogi central senatorial district and building several Primary Health Care Centers across the State which has in no small measure improved the standard of the health sector in the state.
Explaining further, Engr. Ohere said the remodeling is to meet with world-class standard. And on work done so far, it’s a progress While commending the state of the work, it has reached an advance stages when compared to what was on ground as at his last visit and rated it 60 percent completed.
The next phase of the Housing Projects Inspection is expected to cover Isanlu, KSU Anyigba, Idah, CUSTECH, Osara and Eganyi which are Health and School Projects.