Customs hospital well equipped n Nigeria – says El-Rufai


Alhaji-Dikko-Abdullahi-Inde-Nasir-El-Rufai-300x205Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, commissioned the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) state-of-the-art hospital located at the Customs barracks, Karu, Abuja, describing it as the best equipped in Nigeria.
The governor, who said he was taken aback by the size and level of equipment at the hospital, commended Abdullahi Dikko for the purposeful leadership which gave birth to the project.
He said: “The best way to put this edifice into use is to affiliate it with a university and make it a teaching hospital. It is perhaps the most well equipped hospital I have seen in Nigeria and as equipped as anyone I have seen anywhere in the world.
“The Nigeria Customs Service should be commended for this effort. I was commending the Dikko because there are many organisations in Nigeria that have the money to do this but lack the leadership, focus and commitment.
“It is commitment that is needed and, I think, that is the difference and I congratulate the Customs Service for this. This is perhaps the best hospital in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), if not in Nigeria,” el-Rufai said.
While noting that Kaduna state will do its best to try and replicate same well equipped hospital, he added, however, that it was a day of mixed feelings for him. “While we are happy commissioning this building we are also a little sad that we are losing a very fine public servant,” he said.
Paying special compliment to Dikko, el-Rufai described his voluntarily retirement as uncommon in Nigeria.
“That is quite unusual, and what is even more unusual is the fact that the comptroller-general is from Kastina State, the home state of the president, but he did not go round lobbying to remain; instead he lobbied to leave and give others the opportunity to grow. I hope the customs service will be the ultimate beneficiary of your selflessness.”
Meanwhile, el-Rufai pointed out that it is a challenging period for Customs due to the fact that government is placing high expectations on it for revenue generation from taxes and import duties as oil revenues are dropping.
“The Customs have done very well in the last few years, but the expectations are high that you should do even better. So as you say goodbye to Dikko, I hope that the incoming leadership of the Customs will build on his achievements and do even better,” he said.
Performing his last official assignment as NCS comptroller-general yesterday, Dikko, in his remarks, explained that he feels fulfilled to have accomplished the task, adding that the hospital further consolidates the delivery of the Service’s welfare programme to its officers and men.
Asked what the experience has been as Customs boss, he said: “The experience has been successful and I am fulfilled. I want to be remembered as an ordinary Nigerian who had the opportunity to serve his nation, and I served my nation diligently.”
He explained that the hospital will not only cater for the needs of Customs officers and their families, but for members of the community where it is located as well as those from afar.
The hospital is an 80-bed modern health facility equipped with comprehensive diagnostic facilities, radiology, chemical laboratory endoscope and laparoscope. It has two standard modular operating theatres for multi-specialty surgeries, intensive care units (ICUs) and modern central sterilization supply department.
The theatres and ICUs are provided with central medical gas and vacuum systems, while the radiology and imaging department is equipped with high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. – Leadership


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