by crossriverwatch admin
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has charged the Nigerian Navy to ensure that the Naval Referral Hospital in Calabar, which construction began about 35 years ago is completed and put to use within the life time of the present administration.
Imoke gave the charge when the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral OC Medani, paid him a courtesy visit in Calabar.
He lauded the commitment and zeal demonstrated by the organization towards the completion of the project, saying that he was excited over the project because it is in line with his vision of making healthcare delivery readily available to the citizenry, especially the less privileged.
He maintained that the referral hospital which has recently witnessed tremendous facelift and reconstruction work owing to the commitment of the Chief of Naval Staff and his men, gives great hope that it is coming to fruition soon with its commissioning by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Governor who underscored the significance and contribution of the facility to improved healthcare delivery in the state when completed, promised to collaborate with the Navy to ensure that the hospital project takes off successfully.
Imoke congratulated the FOC whom he described as a home boy, having served in the command before his present appointment, on his elevation.
Earlier in his speech, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral OC Medani, lauded the giant strides recorded by the Imoke-led administration and promised to consolidate on the successes recorded by his predecessor in ensuring that Calabar, which he described as the home of the Navy, enjoys harmonious co-existence with the civilians.
He commended the government for supporting the Nigerian Navy School with the requisite infrastructure including access roads, saying that such gesture was quite exceptional and pledged the unalloyed loyalty of the Navy to the government in the area of security.
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