Solomon Attah, Lafia –
The Nasarawa State Government has open bidding for the award of N1 billion contracts to upgrade 71 medical facilities across the state.
Speaking during the opening of the bidding on Monday in Lafia, Mr Ahmed Yahaya, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health, said the process was in line with the relevant laws to ensure due process in the award of contracts.
Mr Yahaya said that the contracts was part of the ‘Saving one million lives’ programmes introduced by the Federal Government (FG) in 2015.
The Commissioner promised to provide a level playing field for all the bidders to participate and ensure that due process was strictly adhered to.
The Commissioner explained that the contracts would cover for the upgrade of 61 Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), nine General Hospitals and part of the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia.
He further noted that apart from the upgrade, they would also provide the needed equipments the all the facilities to be upgraded.
The Commissioner the award of the contracts was in fulfilment of the promises Governor Abdullahi Sule made to them during electioneering campaign and promised that more would still be done to better their lives.
Earlier, Ishaku Abari, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said the funds for the contracts was part of the money the ministry recently accessed from the FG saving one million lives programme.
“We will use the N1 billion the state accessed from FG to implement projects in order to actualize the objectives of providing quality healthcare delivery in the state,” he said.
He said it would be no more be business as usual for contractors in the habit of collecting money and not doing the job as the ministry would deal with anyone found culpable.
He therefore assured the public that health facilities in the state would be upgraded in order to meet their health needs.