Less than two weeks to the end of his tenure, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has leased out some of the General Hospitals belonging to the state.
The governor, who claimed to have spent N30 billion to build the state’s 30 general hospital, disclosed this on Monday at the Government House, Owerri during the handover of the hospitals under the Public Private Partnership arrangement.
Okorocha, who said he spent about N1bn on each of the 30 general hospitals, said the idea was to make the state the health tourist destination in the country.
Insisting that he is finishing strong, the governor called on the incoming administration to sustain the project.
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He said: “While I congratulate you on the new general hospitals, I want to urge you to manage them well. I believe in Public Private Partnership arrangements because nothing has ever worked in the hands of government.”
Throwing more light of the leases, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Angela Uwakwem, said the Ogwa General Hospital was handed over to the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, while Ehime Mbano Hospital was handed over to the Okigwe South Diocese of the Anglican Church for 25 years.
Okigwe North Diocese of the church takes over the Isiala Mbano General Hospital.
She said: “The Lord’s Chosen takes over Ohaji Egbema Hospital to build a teaching hospital for the purpose of their new university.
“It is on 99 years lease. Imo State government has 10% investment share.”