Prof. Steve Sinikiem Azaiki, representative of Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, has extolled the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-Nigeria Agip Oil Company Joint Ventures for siting the 200-bed COVID-19 and other communicable diseases hospital in his constituency.
He made the commendation in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Communication/Spokesman, Mr. Etete Enideneze.
The legislator is quoted to have said that the location of the South-South Emergency and Infectious Disease Hospital at Igbogene-Epie in Yenagoa, was a good development, adding that his constituency was happy with the hosting privilege.
Prof. Azaiki stated that the health facility, would enhance the wellbeing of the people when completed, especially as the donors have assured it would serve as a permanent hospital, even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
He expressed appreciation to Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, for the role played in siting of the project, and called on other politicians to also shun political differences by joining hands to work for the progress of Bayelsa State. The lawmaker thanked the governor, Senator Douye Diri, for hosting Chief Sylva and the team during inauguration of the project, without political sentiments, and reiterated the need for political leaders to close ranks for the interest of the state.
Others lauded include President Muhammadu Buhari; Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Alhaji Mele Kyari and the entire organization; Mr. Lorenzo Fiorillo, Managing Director of Agip and other partners for considering Yenagoa worthy of hosting such a useful project. Azaiki who assured of his constituents’ cooperation in hosting the hospital project, also urged Igbogene-Epie, the immediate host community to show more hospitality in order to attract more amenities. He called on oil and gas companies to implement more environmental and community-assisted projects for their host communities, before the black gold economy fizzles out to the disadvantage of the deprived people.