By Abraham Olatokunbo
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned landmark projects at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH)
The President, during the commissioning described Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum’s approval for construction and equipping of an auditorium at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, a testimony to sound relationship that exist between government at the state and federal levels.
The Borno State Governor had through his intervention built an auditorium from the stretch.
The President said: “In the multi-purpose auditorium and conference hall constructed and furnished for University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital by the Government of Borno State, under the leadership of His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I see a clear display of participatory ownership and example of sound relationship between federal and state government”, Buhari said.
Five projects which were commissioned by the President include a Trauma Centre, GOPD/NHIS/Retainership Complex, Physical Rehabilitation Centre, a hostel at the School of Nursing, all built by the FG, as well as the Auditorium built by Borno government.
During the commissioning, Buhari from Abuja, directed Governor Zulum and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who were both at the UMTH, to physically unveil plaques commemorating the presidential commissioning.
Before the President’s remark, Governor Babagana Zulum commended the Federal Government for the laudable projects executed under the Buhari administration in Borno.
He said: “This institution (UMTH) has never witnessed such laudable developmental projects at once, from its inception to date. Mr President, we appreciate all the good projects.”
On efforts by Borno government in the area of healthcare, the Governor explained in this year 2020 alone, his administration has started from scratch, 50 new health centers across various local governments in the state. He added that many other health centers were rehabilitated and furnished with modern equipments.
Zulum also noted that Borno has approved the recruitment of more than 500 qualified doctors, nurses, other health workers and re-engage retired personnel, for deployment to healthcare centres where medical services are most needed by citizens.