The federal government says the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has revitalised more than 40 healthcare facilities across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones within two years.
Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs confirmed this during the official inauguration and hand-over of vital medical equipment to the General Hospital, Igbora, Oyo State, at the weekend.
Akume, who expressed satisfaction over the remarkable progress made by the NLTF, said the agency had done very well in the implementation of intervention programmes in health and other key developmental sectors.
The minister, therefore, charged the agency to extend the laudable interventions to other primary healthcare centres across the country.
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In her remarks, Mrs Patricia Ibiene, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, said the agency’s interventions were timely considering the state of the country’s healthcare facilities.
She cited the Jump Start School project initiated and designed to provide learning and teaching aids to more than 45 public schools and the Gbaja Randle Maternity Hospital, both in Surulere.
The permanent secretary further listed the Moniya General Hospital, Kugba Maternity and Onikan Healthcare Centre in Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states respectively.
Speaking at the event, Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary of NLTF, said the interventions had reaffirmed the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s commitment to promoting quality healthcare and the well-being of the country, through funding from national lottery proceeds.