Against the earlier position of Southern governors, the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday began subtle campaigns for the presidential aspiration of his Sokoto State counterpart, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal describing him as the man Nigeria needed at the moment.
While commissioning a ₦3.2 billion state-of-the-art Sokoto State Advanced Medical Diagnostic Center (SOSAMEDIC) constructed by Tambuwal in Sokoto on Thursday, Okowa prayed for Tambuwal’s elevation to a higher pedestal in the nation’s affairs.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Mohammed Bello, Okowa was quoted thus: ‘Coming here, I have seen the way he relates with his people. That is what Nigeria needs.
‘You are a man of peace, who is always ready to build bridges. We are very thankful that God has ensured that you have held several positions. My prayers for you is that God will elevate you,’ Okowa said,
Okowa went on to shower praises on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, whom he said was committed to the Nigerian project.
The statement further stated that the construction of the edifice located a few kilometers from the 950-bed Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital (SOSUTH), which construction has reached over 60 percent, gulped ₦824 million and is equipped with ₦2.4 billion ultra-modern equipment.
The latter include facilities for ECG, Stress ECG, Echocardiography, and Vascular Doppler, Gastrology, Endoscopy, Neurology, and EEG.
Other upscale tools for diagnosis are those for MRI, CT scan, Fluoroscopy, Digital X-ray, Mammography, Chemical Pathology, Histopathology, Microbiology, and Hematology.
All these are housed in radiology, laboratory, dental, and ENT units as well as out-patient clinics, with capacity for medical, radiological, and laboratory investigations.
‘I want to congratulate my brother Governor (Tambuwal) for thinking about the people, because this is a project for the people and one that the people will cherish long after you have left the governor as Governor.
‘I am not surprised that you are able to render services to your people in such a manner that they are happy, because you have always been focused and believed in your people and those of Nigeria.
‘I am not surprised with what I see here. It is only a prudent person that can ensure this level of construction at below a billion naira. Having told us about the equipment inside, I am excited that the new best of equipment have also been put on ground’
Earlier, Tambuwal informed the gathering that the project was a product of consultations with Sultan before the draft proposal of an annual budget a couple of years ago.