Governor Babatunde Fashola
* Names housing estate after Anyaoku
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
The Lagos State Government Tuesday restated its commitment to construct 57 primary healthcare centres across the state out of which two had been inaugurated and three would soon be handed over for public use.
The state government also named a newly-completed housing estate in Ikeja after former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, for his immense input to nation-building.
Governor Babatunde Fashola disclosed the plan at the unveiling of the Rauf Aregbesola Primary Health Centre in Mosan-Okunola area of the state, noting that the plan was to make healthcare service available to every household.
Fashola, who unveiled the health centre along with the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefilure and Chairman of Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Abdulrashid Mafe, among others, added that the project was the second his administration had inaugurated with a plan to build 57 centres across the state.
He explained that the plan of the state government was to build one primary healthcare centre in each of the 20 local government areas and 37 LCDAs in the state.
He said the state plan “is to ensure that no resident goes beyond his/her local council before accessing quality healthcare services. As a responsible government, we want to move from treating people to caring for people.”
Speaking at the housing estate, the governor explained the reason for naming the scheme after Anyaoku, noting that the State Executive Council decided in Anyaoku’s favour due to nation-building.
After the project was completed, Fashola said a new challenge aroused, which he said, centred on whom the scheme “should be named after. We resolved to dedicate any public service and building to anyone whether living or dead, who has contributed to the development of our country, especially Lagos State.
“So, we simply decided to honour someone who has contributed enormously to the public service in the country and someone who have played a role in the birth and midwife of democracy. It was therefore not difficult to single out Chief Anyaoku who recently celebrated his birthday.”