President Mohammadu Buhari would be performing the ground breaking ceremony of the permanent site of the hospital, the Acting Chief Medical Director, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra state, Dr. Joseph Ugboaja has said.
Ugboaja made the disclosure on Thursday in his office during a press briefing, after a group under the aegis of Nnewi Concerned Youths with Hon Amobi Okonkwo as their leader paid him a solidarity visit to renew their confidence on him.
He said the barely 30-year-old institution had witnessed transformation within the six months of his administration, restarting his commitment to making the hospital the best in Nigeria.
He said, “We’re working on a 5-year plan to make the hospital a reference point. Very soon we’re going to invite Buhari and the Minister of Health for the ground breaking of the projects at the permanent site.
“We’re not only consolidating on the legacy, but we’re laying foundation, both on physical structures and manpower. We’re close to 30years old here, but we’ve not been able to move to the permanent site until I took over barely 6months ago.
“It’s not magic, but a product of 5 key factors, including visionary and courageous leadership, willing workforce, stakeholders who are willing to invest in the vision.”
While noting that the industrial town of the state had the largest concentration of affluent individuals in Nigeria ready to invest in their homeland, Ugboaja said he would take advantage of such privilege to build a teaching hospital that everyone in and outside Nnewi would be proud of.
“I have the connection; I have the ideas and I have the ability with the support and help of private partners to transform this hospital to become the best in this part of the world. Many people are interested to invest in the hospital and that would be well exploited because we cannot do it alone,” he stressed.
According to the acting CMD, building a top flight hospital starts with providing quality equipment for the workforce, just as he assured staff that their welfare would be among his priorities.
He expressed gratitude to hospital management and workers, including the Nnewi youths for their solidarity, pledging never to betray the confidence reposed in him.
“The encouragement given to me today by has renewed my resolve to put in my best for the betterment of the youths, the entire Nnewi community, Anambra State and Nigeria at large. I promised the youths that they would always be remembered in his administration,” he added.