Governor Rochas Okorocha on Monday revealed that since his emergence he had spent N30billion on 30 general hospitals in Imo State. He built each of the hospitals with N1billion.
The governor made the revelation while leasing out some of the hospitals to churches and other organisations under Public Private Partnership agreement.
“While I congratulate you on the new general hospitals, I want to urge you to manage them well. I believe in Public Private Partnership arrangements because nothing has ever worked in the hands of government,” the governor said.
He further noted that his plan was to make the state the health tourist destination in the nation.
It is well known that general hospitals around the nation being managed by the government and public universities are currently rotten. Our general hospitals have very poor and unclean toilets, bad facilities, etc. Some hospitals have no bed, patients sleeps on the floor. The condition of our public hospitals in Nigeria is very pitiable and heartbreaking.
Some of the churches under the PPP agreement are the Anglican Church, The Lord’s Chosen etc.
For instance, The Lord’s Chosen was handed over the Ohaji Egbema Hospital to build a teaching hospital for their new university on a 99 years lease.
Okorocha who emerged as governor in 2011 will complete his tenure on May 29, 2019.
The embattled ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was declared senator-elect in Imo, but his Return Certificate was withheld by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) because the declaration was allegedly made under duress.
The Governor has repeatedly blamed top APC leaders for his predicament. Recently he accused the National Chairman of his party, Adams Oshiomhole, of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and other anti-graft agencies to arrest and detain him after hand-over on May 29.