The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that no government all over the world can provide the wherewithal for its citizenry, hence the need for public spirited and more private organisations to support the government, towards improving the prosperity of its citizenry.
Abiodun disclosed this in Ota during the handing over and Commissioning of an 80-bed Isolation Centre donated by Lafarge and Unilever at the State Hospital Ota,
saying the gesture has demonstrated the visible commitment of his government in providing good governance for the people of the state, through an all-inclusive and participatory system.
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, noted that the result of the Public/Private Partnership (PPP) had been a continued development in all sectors of the economy in the State and hitherto improved welfare of the people, adding that his administration is determined to sustain the momentum.
“We are here to commission these new state-of-the-art facilities provided through the PPP initiative. This project itself is very unique. It is a tripartite partnership between the State, Lafarge Plc and Unilever Plc. While Lafarge took charge of the cost of the construction of the building, Unilever Plc picked the bill of equipping this facility with all that is necessary for those that may require institutionalised care”, he said.
The State’s helmsman emphasised that people gain more where there is collaboration between the public and the private sectors, calling on well-meaning individuals and organisations to emulate the gesture and join hands in the ‘Building our Future Together’ agenda of his Administration.
In her remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, appreciated the organisations for the facilities, saying it was part of the mission of Prince Dapo Abiodun led government to provide quality, affordable and accessible health care for the people of the State.
She noted that the process started last year, adding that the outbreak of COVID-19 has shown that our health is vulnerable, the facility would also be useful for the treatment of other diseases after the pandemic.
Also speaking the Country lead, Lafarge Plc, Mr. Khaled El Dokani, represented by Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lolu Alade-Akinyemi, said the Isolation Centre was a continuation of his company’s support to communities, as well as support the government in its quest to stem the spread of Coronavirus in the State.
In his remarks, the Managing Director Unilever, Mr. Carl Cruz, explained that the Isolation Centre was a purpose-built medical facility equipped with an intensive Care Unit, in-house facility for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing, an ambulance response, computed tomography scan facility, operating theatre, mobile X-ray machines, and multi-parameter patient monitoring equipment.