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The President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has performed the ground

breaking ceremony of the College of Health Sciences and University

Teaching Hospital, Akwete-Akpa, Otukpo, Benue State.

The ceremony, performed by Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, was

held on Wednesday, at the hometown of the Senate President, Senator David

At the event President Jonathan said, the project, which was the baby of

the Senate President, was not only to provide the country with the much

needed manpower in the health sector, but was to also bring world class

healthcare delivery services to the people, adding that the administration

recognizes the fact that “healthy citizens translate to higher life

expectancy, more productivity and greater development.”

According to him, “The choice of this location for the Teaching Hospital

was informed by the need to bring this level of health services closer to

the people without having to travel long distances to access the

“This Teaching Hospital being established today, when fully operational,

shall offer tertiary health services to the good people of Benue State,

its catchment areas and the Nation in general. Moreover, I am excited at

the prospects of the high-level manpower this institution will produce for

the country in various specialised fields of health in the years to come,”

he further added.
President Jonathan particularly thanked the people of Akwete-Akpa for the

provision of the 600 hectares of land for the construction of the health

institutions of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, which he noted had

the necessary facilities to accommodate the new campus.

The President gave his commitment to continue to provide quality

healthcare services to Nigerians through adequate service delivery, the

provision of critical infrastructure and human capacity development.

Speaking the Senate President, David Mark, said the event was of unique

importance to him, He was full of appreciation to the President,

stressing that the Transformation Agenda, had become a household name in

the mouth of the Nigerians.
He appealed to the people to cooperate with the contractors and project

managers to ensure the speedy completion of the projects, which he said

was highly beneficial to them.
In his remarks, the Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, described

President Jonathan as a silent achiever, who had done well for the people

of Benue. He emphasized that the project was a PDP project, conceived by

PDP government.
In their separate remarks the Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan,

The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Morro, the Chairman of the

Presidential Implementation Committee, Prof. E. E. Okpere and the

Pro-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Chief Chike

Udenze, while lauding the project, stressed that it will stem medical

tourism, provide the much needed manpower and create more jobs for the

When completed the project will bring to 21 the number of teaching

hospitals in the country. The project was approved in year 2014 by the The

President and it is a partnership between the University, the Federal

Ministries of Health and Education as well as the National Universities

Commission (NUC), and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Vice President Sambo during the visit paid courtesy calls on the Tor Tiv,

Dr. Alfred Torkura and the Och'Idoma IV, Agaba-Idu Elias Ikoyi.

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