By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has announced that the multi billion Naira Kano Cancer Center at Giginyu, in Kano metropolis will be ready for commissioning by July 2020.
“Already, the government has advertised for expression of interest for the procurement of high-tech Oncology, imaging, emergency and laboratory equipment as well as power facilities, hospital and office furniture”, the governor stated.
“Professionals are currently assessing the documents and due process will be followed in the contract award for procurement of the equipment and facilities”, Gov. Ganduje assured.
He made this known on Sunday afternoon when he inspected the project site, saying when completed, the facility will serve several states in Nigeria and even some countries in West Africa.
The governor said his administration desired to have a cancer center modeled after a cancer center he visited in Melbourne, Australia, in terms of size and expertise, in view of the large number of cancer patients in the country who cannot access quality medical care.
Describing the quality of work done so far by the project contractor as exciting, Dr. Ganduje was optimistic that when the facility becomes fully operational, it would considerably reduce the number of cancer related deaths in Kano and the whole of Nigeria.
The Project Manager, Mr. Mario Stella, told the governor that the foundation plinths, using unique reinforced technology have almost been completed, while the whole project would be finished by July 2020, barring unexpected developments.
Mr. Stella assured that as soon as the foundation work is completed by December, other engineering works on the project would be expedited.
“This is a unique project. That is why we are working very diligently everyday to ensure that everything is done according to the specifications. We have even asked for supply of some of the equipment for the bunkers because some of them will be installed at the foundation stage”, he added.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ganduje inspected the on – going construction of a 52 – bed amenity ward at the adjoining Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital.
The project, a one storey building which has reached roofing level, also consist of Nurses quarters, offices, a restaurant and restrooms, among other facilities.
Inspecting the project site, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was conducted round by the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Works, Engr. Dahiru Ada’u, noted that the quality of works was satisfactory, urging the contractor to ensure completion on schedule.