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NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT SIGNS N30.5 BILLION CONTRACT FOR TEACHING HOSPITAL AND EXPANSION OF THREE-ARMS ZONE             

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NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT SIGNS N30.5 BILLION CONTRACT FOR TEACHING HOSPITAL AND EXPANSION OF THREE-ARMS ZONE                                                                                06-09-23

By: Sadiq Aminu                                                  Niger State Government has signed contract agreements for the conversion of Shiroro Hotel to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Teaching Hospital (IBBUTH) and the redevelopment of the three-arms zone at the coast of N18.9 billion, and N11.6 billion respectively.

While the IBBUTH project has two different companies to handle it, the three-arms zone project has five companies to execute.

Speaking during the signing of the contract agreements, Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago said his administration is making frantic efforts to ensure that the state is transformed.

According to the Governor, “As a government, we have muscled N500 billion from the capital market, so we can boost say, all the projects we have earmarked will be completed timely”.

He expressed optimism that the projects when completed will create employment, solve health problems, reduce medical tourism, and increase transfer of skills as well as knowledge.

The Governor further stated that soon the old secretariat and Judiciary complex will be converted to the School of Midwifery and Health Technology, while the Judiciary Complex will be relocated to the three-arms zone which he said will provide housing and accommodation for the Executive, legislative and Judiciary among other things.

He said 100,000 plots of land will be created from Pago to the three-arms zone and will be sold at the rate of N1 million each and the monies realized will be used to finance other projects.

While assuring the contractors that they would be paid 25% of their contract money immediately after certification, he however warned that there would be no room for variation.

The IBBUTH will be completed in 12 months and the three-arms zone in 18 months.

Permanent Secretary of, the Ministry of Secondary and Tertiary Health, Dr Mohammed Gana said that a teaching hospital in the state was long overdue and applauded the Governor for the giant stride.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal, Hajiya Habiba .L. Ahmed explained that the three-arms zone project consists of 38 structures to be completed while 40 buildings are to be erected.

The Permanent Secretary, Procurement, Alh, Shehu Jibrin, explained that the six different contractors were carefully selected following a thorough process.

He explained that IBBUTH is divided into three lots adding that Think Lab Development Company will handle lots 1 and 3, Fulus Group will do lot 2, while the three-arms zone which has six lots will have Thames and Hudson for lot 1, Fulus Group for lots 2 and 6, Messrs Borodo Heritage for lots 3, Messrs Bs Multi Services for lot 4 and Messrs Haitrix Inovatory Services will handle lot 5.

A project consultant, Fidel Said who spoke on behalf of other Consultants said they will work tirelessly to ensure effective monitoring of the projects.

The Managing Director Think Lab Development Company, Dr. Said Kori and that of the Thames and Hudson, Arch. Baba Aliyu in an interview assured of standard projects and timely completion.

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