Executive Director of Dangote Foundation, Hajiya Halima Dangote, has revealed that the ongoing construction of a multi-billion naira state-of-the-art operating theatre and diagnostic centre at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in Kano is due for completion next year.
Hajiya Dangote made this revelation when her team visited the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the weekend.
She said the operating theatre and diagnostic centre will cost the Foundation N7 billion.
She attributed the earlier delay in completion to technical hitches and said the new contractor – Dantata and Sawoe have returned to the site.
She also said that the routine immunisation programme of the Foundation is being extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina.
She added that the Foundation’s Business School project at the Bayero University Kano has gulped N524 million, even as it injected N500 million into Kano School of Technology.
Hajiya Dangote also revealed that the Foundation is determined to build a 500MW electricity station in Kano.
She described some of the projects as “game-changing projects” to be completed in the next two years.
Responding, Ganduje said the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has done a lot to Kano people, and they will remain grateful forever.
He specifically mentioned the contribution of the Foundation to the fight against polio disease, adding that it was indeed a massive intervention.
He said with the help of the Dangote Foundation, the state would soon be given the Polio Free Certificate.
“We are ready to do anything to support your effort,” the governor said.
He further described Dangote’s intervention at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital as massive, saying the hospital is one of the oldest in West Africa.
The Foundation has also completed the construction of seven out of the eleven primary health care centres it is building in the state.
At the handover ceremony of one of the health care centres at Gwale Local Council, Halima Dangote said the construction of 11 health centres in the state will cost the Foundation N72 million.
Speaking at the ceremony, she said her father, Aliko Dangote, would prefer that most of his interventions are not mentioned in public for Allah’s sake.
She, however, said the Foundation that she heads will continue to assist the poor and support government’s efforts around the world.
Also speaking, Executive Director, Stakeholders Relations and Corporate Communications, Mansur Ahmed, said the new health care centre will help the people in the community overcome most of their basic health challenges.