‘Kwara di­ag­nos­tic cen­tre owned by govern­ment’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Kwara State govern­ment has de­bunked in­sin­u­a­tions that the state Ad­vanced Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­tre is owned by an in­di­vid­ual or group of in­di­vid­u­als.

Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed, Dr, Muyideen Ako­rede, told news­men in Ilorin that the project is 100 per cent owned by govern­ment.

The mul­ti­mil­lion naira di­ag­nos­tic cen­tre is one of the mega projects ex­e­cuted with a N17 bil­lion loan taken dur­ing the last ad­min­is­tra­tion of Dr. Bukola Saraki, it was gath­ered.

Al­ready, the state govern­ment is set to se­cure a N23 bil­lion bond from the cap­i­tal mar­ket to fi­nance ma­jor projects ow­ing to short­fall in the statu­tory al­lo­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mis­sioner for Fi­nance, Engr. De­mola Banu.

He said re­pay­ment of the pre­vi­ous bond of N17 bil­lion ac­cessed in 2009 would be com­pleted in the first week of Au­gust and that the new bond spread over seven years is ex­pected to be re­paid through the Value Added Tax (VAT) and in­ter­nal rev­enue earn­ings.

The projects to be ex­e­cuted in­clude the 80.6-kilo­me­tre Ka­iama-Kishi road, KpadaPatigi road, Share-Kishi road, ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion of class­rooms across the state, in­door sports hall of the sta­dium com­plex, so­lar-pow­ered street lights, among oth­ers.

“Ev­ery Kwaran to­day is proud of our KWASU, our di­ag­nos­tic cen­tre and the avi­a­tion col­lege”, he said.

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