Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule says the state has been rated among the top five states promoting primary healthcare activities in Nigeria.
Sule disclosed this while receiving members of the Senior Course 42 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, who were on study tour to the state, and who paid him a courtesy call at Government House,Lafia, on Monday.
The Governor has just returned from a trip to the United States on the invitation of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Dangote Foundation, where a meeting was held in order to promote primary healthcare.
He said his administration had been working hard in the area of medical outreach, and invited the team to visit the Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital (DASH) to witness the ongoing expansion of the facility for the purpose of promoting it to a Teaching Hospital.
“We have established specialists hospitals in Nasarawa as well as Akwanga. We have bilateral agreements in order to have one of the most sophisticated diagnostic centres also here in Lafia. We are also embarking on the construction of rural roads that you will see and we are establishing major roads in some of the areas of investment,” the governor stated.
He further disclosed that a Federal Government team was in the state to commence the construction of a dam in Farin Ruwa in Wamba Local Government Area, for irrigation and generating hydropower.
The governor informed the team that though Nasarawa may be peaceful, the state was contending with backlash from its neighbours, Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Kwara, Kaduna and the FCT.
He expressed hope that members of the team would use the opportunity of their training to assist Nasarawa State and Nigeria, as according to him, Nigeria needs peace.
“Nigeria needs peace because we have a President that is determined, we have leadership both at the state level and national level that are determined to ensure that citizens of Nigeria live in peace,” he said.
Speaking earlier, leader of the team, Air Commodore Hassan Idris-Alhaji, Director, Department of Air Warfare, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, said the objective of the tour was to familiarise the students with the socio-economic and political issues that were fundamental to the development of the country.
Idris-Alhaji said the tour would afford the students with the opportunity to have first-hand knowledge about the prevailing security situation, as well as the political, socio-economic and security policies, programmes and strategies that were operational in the state.
“The students of Senior Course 42 are therefore in Nasarawa State to know in specific terms, the socio-economic development that has made the state outstanding in the areas of governance in the country. They are particularly interested in knowing about the policies, strategies and efforts as well as challenges the state government and its local governments are facing in their bid to enhance national security,” he said.