RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Monday in Port Harcourt flagged off a cancer and cardiovascular disease diagnostic and treatment centre built at N25.9bn.
Wike said the centre, was named after former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, was capable of rendering advanced healthcare services such as chemotherapy and nuclear medicine.
The governor said the centre was expected to be completed within 14 months.
Wike, who spoke at the flag-off at Rumuokwuta Town, maintained that despite the prevailing insecurity issues and economic problems plaguing Nigeria, his administration had sustained its project delivery mantra.
He stated that because Rivers people supported his enthronement as governor in 2015 and in 2019 against detractors, he had vowed to give the best infrastructure to the state and its people.
Speaking about the rational for naming the centre after Odili, he declared that but for the former governor, an Ikwerre man would not have become governor in the state.
Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said it was better to honour a man who contributed so much to the state.
According to him, God has used Odili to bring him to change the narrative that Ikwerre man cannot perform in office, which has been proved wrong.
“I have performed. So, when you hear Dr. Odili is a bad man, it is because he said Ikwerre man will be governor. Now, we are governor, must we not thank him? It’s not everybody that can stand firm; so, we should thank him. Ordinarily, no Ikwerre man, if we are sincere and grateful, should raise hand against Odili and his family,” he stated.
Similarly, the governor during the inauguration of the Mother and Child Hospital at Rumuomasi Town in Port Harcourt said it was sad that medical doctors had shown less capacity in managing most health facilities in the country.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who commended Wike for the project, said on completion, the facility would augment the assets available to treat non-communicable diseases, and add great value to efforts to reduce NCD prevalence, not only in Rivers states but in the South- South and the entire Nigeria.
“I salute you, Your Excellency, Sir Dr. Peter Odili, for your contribution to this state and congratulate you on the recognition the people are giving you,” the minister said.
He commended Wike for his vision and achievements in the health sector, emphasising that it showed his determination and interest to add value to the health sector.