Akwa Ibom State government has solicited partnership with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other intervention agencies in the provision of development projects in the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel said this during the inauguration of a health centre initiated by the Clement Isong Foundation (TCIF) in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State government, NDDC, Pro Health International, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (NMAN).
Udom expressed appreciation to the Clement Isong family for using the foundation to touch the lives of the people through the provision of healthcare services, and called on the community to desist from patronising quacks, assuring that the facility would provide affordable services in line with the healthcare policy of his administration.
“This is a laudable initiative because we have laid so much emphasis on healthcare delivery, and this happens to be one of the health facilities that would serve this community. I want to reassure the family that even though it is an NGO project, the state ministry of health would be on hand to give more assistance to ensure that the centre provides best healthcare services to the people,” the governor said.
He announced that the state government had procured medical facilities for distribution to primary and secondary health institutions across the state, and assured that the facilities would be given to the centre to boost it services.
“I will get the health commissioner to carry out a need assessment of the centre to ensure that the facility is equipped to make it a full fledge and international standard primary health care centre to serve as a legacy and in memory of our dear daughter whom we cherish so much, ” he stated.
He explained that the legacies bequeathed the state by former governor Clement Isong in the erstwhile Cross River State were eloquent testimonies of visionary leadership of the late patriarch and commended the partners of Clement Isong Foundation for their services to humanity.
Earlier in a welcome address, Clement Isong Jr, said the health centre was built to immortalise their late daughter, Umo Isong, who passed on in 2007, maintaining that she was a hidden treasure in Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health.
The chairman governing board of NDDC, Victor Ndoma Egba, who was represented by the state NDDC commissioner, Samuel Frank, described the late Clement Isong as one of his role models, saying his benevolence facilitated his early rise in public service, assuring that NDDC would continue to support the Clement Isong Foundation towards achieving the goals and objectives of establishing the health facility.
Similarly, the member representing Onna State Constituency in the House of Assembly, Nse Essien, expressed appreciation to the Late Clement Isong family for keying into the administration’s healthcare development programme.
ANIEFIOK UDONQUAK, Uyo