Consortium’s Plan To Build N100bn Medical City In Abuja Excites FG

Prof-C.-O.-Onyebuchi-ChukwuAs prominent Nigerians travel abroad at the drop of a hat to treat ailments that could easily have been handled by Nigerian hospitals and doctors thereby leading to huge loss in foreign exchange for the country, a consortium of four firms has presented proposals to build Abuja Medical City – a  $650 million (N100 billion) multi-hospital complex for 1,687 beds, in the heart of the federal capital.

According to the proposal, the AMC will include seven hospital areas, facilities and residences on 121,285 square metres of land along Lugbe Road-between Abuja airport and the city, an area twice the size of the National Assembly complex and six times the National Stadium.

Ceinsa Consortium which includes firms IBT, KMD Architects and Sucomex revealed details of the project in a presentation made to the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu in Abuja.

Ceinsa also projects AMC could benefit more than two million Nigerians and help redirect more than $500 million dollars lost to medical tourism back into Nigeria, according to Daniel Toledano of IBT/Ceinsa.

Ceinsa chairman, Dumebi Kachikwu said the contractor-financed project could be completed in 24 months with operations commencing in the final six months.

In his remarks after the presentation, Chukwu who said the turn-key project “fits in with the concept” of a new designed city to mark the 100th anniversary of Nigeria’s amalgamation, however, insisted government would be open to “competitive bidding,” going by the procurement process.

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