The Niger State Government said work had been going on the N1.4 billion maternal and neonatal ward extension project at the Minna General Hospital; it will be completed in eight months.

Alhaji Sa’idu Ndako, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said this at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on the project in Minna on Monday.

The SSG said the project would improve access to health care delivery for pregnant women and children in the state.

He said the project, which would consist of four wards and a theatre, would be furnished with the state-of -the art medical equipment for the treatment of various ailments and delivery of babies.

Ndako said the state government would start paying the contractor handling the project after it had attained 36 per cent of its contract value in line with the contract terms.

He said the government would keep to its contractual terms by ensuring prompt payment to enable the contractor to complete the project in record time of eight months.

“I am confident that the project will be completed before the May 27, 2014 deadline, as the governor is expected to inaugurate the project to mark his seventh year in office, Ndako said.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Mutual Commitment Nigeria Limited, Mr Charles Liu, assured early completion of the project in accordance with the contractual agreement.

He said that the equipment to be used on the site would be “the most modern and latest technology” available in the medical field. “We will not compromise on standards.”

Alhaji Hassan Nuhu, the state’s SURE-P Director-General, said the directorate would provide 100 per cent funding for the project as part of its intervention in the health sector.

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