The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been allocated a piece of land at the proposed Abuja Medical City located at the Phase 2 of Abuja City for the construction of a hospital.
Malam Bello spoke after he led a delegation from the FCT Administration (FCTA) on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, at the NNPC Towers, the corporation’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said upon completion, the medical facility would also serve as a development catalyst for the area, just as the NNPC Towers had attracted development to Abuja City Centre after its construction over 20 years ago.
The minister also acknowledged and thanked the NNPC and the entire oil and gas industry for their support to the FCT in the fight against the COVID-19.
He said the 70-bed hospital under renovation by the NNPC at Utako District would boost the FCT’s fight against the virus.
The GMD of NNPC, Malm Mele Kyari, who led the FCT delegation on a tour of the 70-bed hospital, commended FCTA for its efforts in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the territory.
In a statement, the minister’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, said, “When reputable organisations like the NNPC and associations in the oil and gas industry set up a project, it will serve as a magnet that will attract other investments, and we will all be the better for it.”