Chief Executive of the Dangote Foundation, Ms Halima Dangote, has said that the ongoing construction of a state-of-the-art Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano will be completed next year.
Ms Dangote, who disclosed this when her team visited the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, weekend, said the Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre will cost the Foundation $35 million and attributed the earlier delay to technical hitches, pointing out that the new contractor – Dantata and Sawoe – had returned to site.
According to her, the routine immunisation programme of the Foundation is being extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina.
She said the Foundation’s Business School’s project at Bayero University Kano had gulped $2.6 million, even as it injected $2.5 million into Kano School of Technology.
Responding, the state Governor Ganduje said the president of the Chad done a lot for the Kano people, and the people of Kano would remain grateful forever.
He singled out the contribution of the Foundation to the fight against polio disease, adding that it was indeed a massive intervention, saying with the help of the Dangote Foundation, the state would soon be given its Polio Free Certificate.
“We are ready to do anything to support your effort,” the Governor said.
Abba Kailani, the state’s permanent secretary in the ministry of health, expressed government appreciation and promised to support the healthcare centres through staffing.
Secretary to the chairman of Gwale Local Government, Shehu Haza, who represented the chairman of the Council, while commending the Foundation, said government would ensure that the healthcare centres were functional.
The Foundation has also completed the construction of seven out of the 11 primary health care centres it is building in the state.