From Scholastica Hir, Makurdi

Benue State government has signed a deal with the Shanghai Haitian Hospital, to facilitate academic and clinical interchange between Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH ), Makurdi in the areas of joint studies, training and other educational exchanges of mutual interest.

The government also entered into partnership with Sinoki System Limited for the establishment of a Hybrid Solar Panel Factory in Benue State.

Signing the two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) at the Benue State Government House, Makurdi, yesterday, Governor Hyacinth Alia said he was excited and optimistic the partnerships will open more doors of investments in the state, saying his administration is willing to welcome more investors.

He described the partnership with the Shanghai Haitian Hospital as an exciting one, saying his administration is determined to improve the overall health sector in the state, to discourage the trend of health tourism to other countries.

“I am quite excited because our administration’s focus is to improve the health sector in the state that will be capable of increasing the lifespan of our people.

“The BSUTH, as a partner, is going to benefit from this collaboration, and it is our hope to discourage our people from going overseas on medical tourism. There is nothing wrong in translating the finances spent elsewhere into our system.

“The partnership with the Shanghai Haitian Hospital will open more doors, especially as we also have tertiary healthcare systems here in the state. Where we inherited the total collapse of the healthcare system, we need to put all machinery in place to ensure, beginning from the primary to our tertiary health institutions, there are improvements.”

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On the partnership with Sinoki System Company for the establishment of a Hybrid Solar Panel Factory, the governor described it as a quick fix to the epileptic power challenge being faced in the state, explaining that for every business to thrive, there must be some stability in electricity and he is excited about the partnership.  

“The partnership is going to be a plus to the state. The business partnership will bring about the establishment of Hybrid Solar Panel Company in Benue State, through a private partnership agreement between the Benue State government and Sinoki System Limited. We are excited about this because it will open more investment doors in the state.

“As I have mentioned at some other forums, we are a state that is open for business, and we are welcoming investors into our state to come and do business.

“The establishment of the Hybrid solar panel company in the state has come at a time when the electricity situation has been epileptic. But for business to thrive, we definitely need some stability of electricity. This is one quick fix to the anxiety and I am very excited about it,” the governor said.

He called for more investors to take advantage of the many untapped investment opportunities in the state, promising the government on its part will continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on International Investment, Alex Adingi, while introducing the investors, said they have expressed their desire to partner the state government in the two areas of health and energy for the overall good of the state.

A director with the Shanghai Haitian Hospital, William Wang, represented the Hospital while Liu Hai Ding, represented Sinoki System Limited.