The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) had on Thursday, January 14, 2022, donated a 500kva power generator to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
The Mega Power plant is to help the tertiary health institution meet its constant enormous requirement for electricity.
The 500Kva which was donated by NEDC is to specifically provide electricity to the recently commissioned burns center that was built by the Commission as well as other medical units of the teaching hospital.
The NEDC Managing Director informed that the 500kva generator was donated at the instance of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.
The MD also said that NEDC would also be supplying the Teaching Hospital with 10,000 liters of fuel to run the new generator.
A visibly happy and overwhelmed Chief Medical Director, Professor Ahmed Ahijo had while appreciating gesture said UMTH has been facing a lot of challenges with the supply of diesel in its existing 100Kva generator set, which had affected the smooth operation of critical units like the maternity wards, oxygen plant, ICU and operation theatre.
The CMD said, “this is not the first time that the Commission is coming to the rescue of the teaching hospital.”
According to him, NEDC was at the hospital at the peak of the pandemic when it donated vital, drugs COVID-19 PPEs and a state-of-the-earth ambulance.
“UMTH remains forever grateful and this cordial relationship with the Northeast development commission will be sustained because there are many other areas we can collaborate in the future,” he said.
“I urge the representative of the minister to extend our appreciation to the minister for this support, and I assure you that the generator set will last long in the service of humanity.”
The 500kva generator was formally handed over to the CMD UMTH at a brief ceremony by a representative of the minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Group Captain Sadiq Shehu.
The minister’s rep urged the hospital to make good use of the state of the earth power plant saying that he “would be glad to report to the minister that the promise she made had been gladly fulfilled”.