By Abraham Olatokunbo
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday commissioned five healthcare centres in Maiduguri metropolis.
The governor also flagged off the complete overhaul of the dilapidated Maiduguri-Bama highway.
Zulum, apart from commissioning the five healthcare centres, laid the foundation stone for yet another.
In what seems like a day for projects, the projects commissioned on Wednesday include four primary healthcare centres along Baga road, Njimtilo, 777 housing estate, and Abujan Talakawa, all of which were started from scratch, and an overhauled infectious disease hospital along Kirikasamma road.
Zulum also commissioned a township road at Abuja-Sheraton community before laying foundation for the construction of another 50-bed health centre in Wulari area of Maiduguri.
Governor Zulum, said his administration aim to ensure that each of Borno’s 312 wards is provided with a primary healthcare centre in compliance with the standard of the World Health Organisation.
He said with the employment of hundreds of healthcare personnel by his administration, healthcare centres will be functional.
He noted that the numerous healthcare centres built in the central, southern and northern parts of the state, will be equipped with competent staff.
On Maiduguri-Bama road, the Zulum said the state was in talks with Alhaji Aliko Dangote to support in extending the road from Bama to Banki by the time the project reaches Bama from Maiduguri, he said that connecting Banki will enhance trans-border trade and increase access to livelihood.
Zulum commended the quality of the commissioned projects executed by the state’s Ministry of Health and that of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement.