Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan at the weekend commissioned a 120-bed capacity mother and child Hospital named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The health facility which was facilitated by the Senate President was constructed by the federal government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goalsv(OSSAP-SDGs) and located in Gashua, Yobe North Senatorial District of Yobe State.
A skills acquisition center constructed by OSSAP-SDGs and donated to Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua was also commissioned at the weekend by the Senate President.
The College authourities decided to name the center as Senator Ahmad Lawan Center for Entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Mother and Child Hospital on Saturday, the Senate President described the event as epoch making.
“Today marks another very important epoch making event, a very positive historical development for us in this part of Nigeria.
“Today as we are all gather here, we have come to officially commission the Mother and Child Hospital and it is my privilege to name this very important Mother and Child Hospital in Gashua as Muhammadu Buhari Mother and Child Hospital, Gashua because President Muhammadu Buhari has made very positive difference in the lives of people of this particular Senatorial District and Yobe State in general.
“We have never had a very good attention from the federal government like this time around and therefore this is the least we can do to remember President Muhammadu Buhari and we are trying to do more and more to keep him, his name and legacies in our mind for as long as we live.
“This hospital is one of many that the SDG and indeed the federal government of Nigeria is building across the country. This is because of the belief of this administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for providing special facilities like this on health particularly for the welfare and wellbeing of our people.
“This is Mother and Child Hospital and therefore the focus is to reduce the mortality rate in child birth and other things that are related.
“So this hospital, from the moment it will start operation hopefully from today, will be one hospital that we hope will provide all the opportunities for all the facilities here, state of the earth facilities, to take care of our mothers and children in this part of Nigeria.
“It is located in Gashua of course, but the services that it will provide will be available to people across the state particularly and I believe even up to Jigawa State our neighbour here.
“This is in keeping with our belief that when we represent our people, we must always remember to represent there needs and health facility is one of the needs of our people.
“Let me at this point say that what we do here is just to complement what Yobe State government has been doing. We have had legacy projects from past administration led by Governor Ibrahim Geidam. He did quite well. Our Hospitals were rehabilitated and now completed by Governor Mai Mala Buni,” Lawan said.
The Senate President charged his people to take ownership of the facility by providing adequate watch and monitoring of the health facility and keep eyes on those manning the place to ensure that the right things are being done there.
“I want to assure the community and that on my part, I will continue to play the role of monitor even when I leave office.
“Like Oliver Twist, I want to thank the OSSAP-SDGs for giving us this and for what you are doing in Damaturu. But we wouldn’t mind to get more after Damaturu. Maybe in Potiskum and the other part of the state like Geidam. If we can get more budget, we will appreciate but on the whole and I want to say that what you have done will have very positive impact in the lives of our people here in Yobe North and in Yobe State generally and indeed the country,” Lawan said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Susteanable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said the health facility was just one of the many that had been been built or were being constructed across the country.
At the skills acquisition center, Lawan said it was a testimony to the Buhari government to provide opportunity for the youth to be self reliant and live a decent life.