Mr Ukie Ezeali, the Ebonyi Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation says the State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) when completed will provide jobs for 10,000 Nigerians.
Ezeali in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday said the construction of the ultramodern medical facilities in Uburu, which started in August, 2019 is about 80 per cent complete.
He commended Gov. David Umahi on the numerous projects in the state, adding that he should not be distracted by critics and unpatriotic personalities.
Ezeali reemphasised Umahi’s assurances that the hospital would handle critical cases like kidney transplant, open heart surgery, chemotherapy, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other terminal diseases that make Nigerians seek medical solutions abroad.
“When completed, the hospital has the capacity to create over 10,000 jobs within its value-chain and transform the economy of the host community and contribute immensely to reduce unemployment in Ebonyi and Nigeria in general.
“We have technologies that were used for the project, which give rise to technology transfer such as installation of Elevators and Escalators, Aluco Board and others that are specialised work, which people of Ebonyi were not used to.
” There is a fascinating male and female hostels, with over 1,000 students’ capacity each, the Gate and generator houses to control access to the hostel and provide alternative power source for the comfort of the students,” he said.
Ezeali added that a solar power plant with installed capacity of 500KVA inverter to provide undisrupted power supply for the comfort of the students was also on standby.
He said there was also a four-story build containing 66 two bedrooms flat for junior staff and another four story building containing 46 three bedrooms flat apartments for senior staff.
He further explained that there was a magnificent ultramodern school block where all studies and other academic activities would be taking place and alsoan administrative block called the Utility Building.
“The Utility Building will house the office of the University Administrator and other administrative staff of the University with a supermarket and a pharmaceutical store on the ground floor.
“All departments and sections of the University will be an independent gated community with its own installed power plant.
“Solar energy street light and generator powered street light all over the school to ensure excellent visibility at night,” he said.
He called on people of the state to ignore slanderous claims and shenanigans of cynics and detractors against Umahi.
According to him, the cynics are simply confounded by the outstanding performance of the Governor across all sectors to the point of loss of their ability to put their emotions in check in public.
“Nevertheless, the Governor remains focused on accomplishing set-goals, committed to his promises and inspired by the remarkable achievements of his past five years in office”. (NAN)