By Abimbola Joseph
CITIZENS COMPASS —The Speaker of House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, on Tuesday, inaugurated an 80-bed capacity Hospital in Imota area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Citizens Compass reports that the hospital was facilitated by Mr Babajimi Benson, lawmaker representing Ikorodu in the National Assembly.
It was constructed and equiped by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s)
Inaugurating the project, Abass commended the lawmaker for facilitating the hospital project and bringing dividend of democracy to the people of his constituency.
“Firstly I want to express my profound gratitude to Mr Jimi Benson, your dedication and relentless advocacy have made this project a reality.
“This project epitomises your commitment to the needs and well-being of the good people of this constituency.
“This is the spirit of service and dedication to the people that every legislator and indeed all public servants should aspire to do.
“As we gather to commission this 80-bed capacity hospital here in Imota, we are not just commissioning a building but also affirming the government’s unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of all Nigerians,” the speaker said.
According to the speaker, the government would continue to invest in health care infrastructure, training, retention of healthcare professionals and creating policies that prioritise our nation’s health.
Similarly, Mrs Orelope Adefulire, SSA to the president on SDG’s appreciated President Bola Tinubu, for his sterling leadership and commitment to working closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions to fast-track the achievement of SDG’s in Nigeria.
Adefulire, also thanked Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, for his commitment to the social-economic transformation of Lagos State and welcomed the leadership of the National Assembly.
According to her, world leaders met at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2015 to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which envisions a present and efficient, that is economically sustainable, socially inclusive, and environmentally resilient.
She said that the SDGs was a universal call to action to end poverty, safeguard the planet, and ensure that people, irrespective of their status, sex, religion, achieve SDGs, enjoy peace, progress, and must be care for, so that the weak can be strong.
“It is fortunate to know that the SDGs cannot be achieved without starting a long process, policies, that must be carefully integrated into the medium and long-term national and sub-national development policies and plans.
” It is recognition of this that we are supporting the 36 states of the country and FCT on SDG-based development planning.
As we speak today, we have integrated and domesticated SDGs into 18 state government plan policies and programs, and we have completed them at the national level,” she said.
“Going forward, we will continue to dwell more on the remaining states to ensure that all of us are on the same page,” she said
Speaking during the inauguration, Benson appreciate the speaker for coming despite his busy schedule and also commended the SSA on SDG for ensuring the completion of the project with equipment to take off.
Benson also appreciated the traditional rulers for their overwhelming support and promised them of more federal government presence and more dividend of democracy.
“I want to thank Mr speaker for making it possible today because he has to travel down after signing the budget for 2024.
“I promised to ensure that my constituents enjoy more dividends of democracy,” the lawmaker said.
The traditional rulers of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro, Ranodu of Imota, said the community is overwhelmed with the project adding that it would not only reduce cost of going to General hospitals at Ikorodu and Agbowa but also ensure fast health care services
Dignitaries present include Ikorodu Division Traditional rulers and APC party leader.