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Obasanjo promises to do medical check-ups in Bayelsa


Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over the weekend said with the huge investments by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at ensuring quality healthcare delivery, he would henceforth visit the state regularly to have his medical check-ups.

He said the governor would soon turn the state into a medical tourism hub in the country.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, Obasanjo stated this during a command performance in his honour at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.

Obasanjo had during his three-day visit to the state commissioned several legacy projects, including the world-class Diagnostic Centre, Bayelsa State Specialist Hospital, Bayelsa State Drug Distribution Centre in Yenagoa and the Aquaculture Village in Igbogene.

The former president, noted with satisfaction, the level of development that has transformed the state, especially in the area of education, health, infrastructure, tourism among others, stressing that, he would testify what he has seen to the world.

According to him, Governor Dickson’s placement of education at the top of his administration’s agenda, is a means to eradicate poverty, curb insecurity and create jobs for the teeming youths in the state, and called on investors within and outside the country to take advantage of the prevailing security, peace and stability in the state. 

Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, re-echoed the need for true reconciliation and unity in the country, as the major ingredients for Nigeria’s growth and development.

Both spoke at a church service in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Council Area of Bayelsa State, the home town of Jonathan, at the end of Obasanjo’s visit to the state to inaugurate projects executed by Governor Seriake Dickson.

Obasanjo at the St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ogbia diocese, emphasized the need not only to preach reconciliation, but also to teach and practice it in order to achieve peace, development and growth.

He said there could never be peace in Nigeria without reconciliation and oneness.

The former President, who said he was mostly touched by the children’s performance calling for oneness of Nigeria, noted that the call underpinned the need for reconciliation in the country.

He said, “What touched me most in this short gathering is the children coming forward and singing the welcome song and dressing in the attire of different culture, different tribe and different linguistic groups in Nigeria.

“And for me, that underpins the homely you (Rev. Oruwari) gave to us; Reconciliation. And the country like Nigeria, unless we preach, we teach, we practice reconciliation, and then we will not have peace.’’

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