By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri–
Governors of the 19 northern states have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with General Electric, Nigeria (a billionaire American multinational corporation) for the upgrade of healthcare infrastructures across the three geo-political zones that make up the old northern region.
Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima who signed the MoU on behalf of the 19 states, challenged the General Electric to produce practical results by next year.
General Electric was represented by the Corporation’s Vice Chairman/President Global Growth, John G Rice and the President, Chief Executive Officer of G.E, Dr Lazarus Angbazo during the signing ceremony that took place Monday night at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre in Abuja with health commissioners from diff erent northern states in attendance.
Th e Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme (NNGERP), created by the Northern Governors under the chairmanship of former Presidential Economic Adviser, Dr Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi , is to work with GE to drive the implementation, on behalf of the Northern Governors.
According to fi ve provisions of the MoU, “the G.E is to develop specialised hospitals and diagnostic centers of excellence; build the capacity of healthcare professions; revitalise primary and referral healthcare to support attainment of universal healthcare coverage; manage equipment services Projects, including technology, services and maintenance and explore local bio-manufacturing solutions, making fi ve pillars, Dr Agbazo, President of GE, Nigeria, explained in his remarks.