Port Harcourt — Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has charged the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC and its Joint Venture partners to expedite action on the completion of the 200-bed Infectious Diseases Control Hospital in the state.
Recall that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC/Agip JV on May 2, 2020, laid the foundation ford the construction of a 200-bed capacity infectious diseases hospital for the South-South Zone.
But Governor Diri who performed the ground breaking ceremony on May 2nd, alongside Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, and other stakeholders, has expressed dissatisfaction at the pace of work.
The governor expressed concern that nothing tangible seemed to have been done on the site after its foundation was laid more than two months ago as the construction site remained desolate.
Meanwhile, Eni, the parent company of NAOC has assured that the company has not abandoned construction of the 200 bed capacity Emergency/Infectious Diseases hospital aimed at strengthening the fight against COVID-19.
External Communication and Media Relations Sub Saharan Africa, Eni, Marilia Cioni, said the seemingly delay was as a result of planning of civil construction and medical system.
“The statement from an Eni Spokesperson reads: Site preparation works have been completed.
“Construction works will resume in the coming days, following a short lapse due to ensure the appropriate level of planning of civil construction and medical systems.”