Chinese Consortium Partners Osun Govt On Hospital Rehabilitation
A Chinese consortium is partnering with the Osun State government in its on-going rehabilitation of public hospitals involving a total of nine general hospitals across the state.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro disclosed this to newsmen in Ibadan while featuring on the guest forum of Oyo NUJ Correspondents Chapel saying the rehabilitation work is being carried out simultaneously in all the benefitting hospitals.
Under the scheme in which the state government had already committed the sum of N1.7billion, the Chinese investors are rehabilitating and equipping the public hospitals, which were hitherto dilapidated, with all necessary facilities, Dr. Bolorunduro explained.
Speaking on the topic “Improving Public Finance for Better Governance: The Example of “The State of Osun”, the commissioner further disclosed that since the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola believed in the principle of ‘health is wealth’, it had also put in motion all necessary machinery to eradicate malaria in the state.
To this end, he said, the governor had given the go ahead for the project of phasing out malaria in the state with a view to growing the economy in the areas of education, agriculture and so on, “while the stage is set to fumigate the entire state from the air in due course to achieve a malaria-free society”.
Dr. Bolorunduro further told newsmen that the administration of Governor Aregbesola in the State of Osun had succeeded in creating 45,000 employment through its Youth Empowerment Programme and 5,000 teachers for primary and secondary schools in the state.