Federal Government to Build New Specialist Hospitals

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CEM REPORT | The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) says it has advanced in its discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Medical Service Limited (NMSL) over the proposal to build five specialist hospitals and one intravenous fluid plant across the country.

The projects proposed to run for a concession period of 20 years, will be built under a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model, is going to be located across the six geo-political zones.

The project is estimated to accrue a total revenue of N91.7 billion from Abuja and an estimated N115.5 billion from Port Harcourt. The Federal Government hopes to generate about N207 billion from the six project in the 20 years concession period.

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The Abuja and Port Harcourt are multi-specialist hospitals which have received OBC certificates.

Both hospitals will be 100-bed facilities, offering specialties that include cardiology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, cerebrovascular surgery, nephrology, oncology and chemotherapy as well as assisted reproduction, according to Guardian report.

Acting Director General, ICRC, Michael Ohiani, speaking at a meeting with Financial Advisors to the NMSL, Sigrun Partners said, the commission is committed to the timely delivery of the projects which will greatly improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria, consequently reducing the need for medical tourism among the over 200 million Nigerians.

He added that the project would help address the challenge of medical tourism.

“We are working with NNPC management for the concession of six projects, five of which are specialist hospitals and one intravenous fluid plant.

“We were very glad when NNPC approached us that they want to showcase how medical facilities can be run through PPPs and they have selected five states of the Federation to use as pilots.”

The Nigerian representative of Sigrun Partners, Gordon Gofwan, reiterated their commitment to supporting PPP projects in Nigeria.

He also said;

“Partners from Madrid are in Nigeria presently and they thought it would be important to see a very crucial stakeholder, the ICRC and that is why we are here today.

“We believe that the future of the country is going to be driven by PPPs because the fiscal space is constrained, government capacity to fund projects will be severely tested, so if we are going to meet our development aspirations, PPP is inevitable.”

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