The African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) has obtained a Certificate of Occupancy (C o O) for a 5.1-hectare for the construction of a 500-bed medical centre within the proposed Abuja Medical City Development Project in the Lokogoma District of the Federal Capital City, Abuja.
While receiving the C of O from the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Regional Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AFREXIMBANK, Mr. Abdoulaye Kone, conveyed the appreciation of the bank’s President and Chairman of its board to the FCT Administration and the Federal Government for expediting action in the issuance of the C of O.
Mr. Kone said, “We accept with gratitude and thanks the C of O. It would be presented to our president as soon as possible; with your message that we should start the ground work. We have already mobilised the workers and they are on standby. They would be here by the grace of God on Monday, June 1, 2020, to start clearing the place, and the ground breaking is also planned for the last quarter of the year.”
Presenting the C of O to Mr. Abdoulaye Kone, the minister expressed the appreciation of the FCTA to the bank for the choice of Abuja for the construction of the medical centre.
The minister said, “We feel highly honoured that AFREXIMBANK has decided to establish this very important medical facility in Abuja; the centre of Nigeria’s unity. We also feel very humbled that God has chosen all of us here to be part of the initial phase of the project.”
Malam Bello, who pledged the commitment of the FCTA to the completion of the project, added that, “I want to assure AFREXIMBANK that all the organs of the FCTA will give you their fullest support to make sure that this project sees commencement, construction, completion and final commissioning by the grace of God Almighty.”
In a statement, the spokesman of the FCT Minister, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, said the establishment of the hospital was part of efforts by the FCTA to encourage Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) in the territory.