The Dangote Foundation, on Sunday said the ongoing construction of a multi-billion naira State-of-?the-Art operating theatre and diagnostic centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital is due for completion next year.
A statement by the foundation said Ms Halima Dangote, chief executive of the foundation, revealed this during a visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the weekend.
She said the foundation is spending N7 billion on the Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre, blaming technical hitches for the earlier delay, assuring that Dantata and Sawoe, the new contractor handling the project has returned to site.
She also said that the routine immunisation programme of the Foundation is being extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina.
Ms Dangote added that the foundation's business school project at the Bayero University Kano has gulped N524 million, besides injecting another N500 million into the Kano School of Technology.
She equally revealed that the foundation is determined to build a 500 mega watt power plant in the state.
She said some of the project, described as game changers?, would be completed in the next two years.
Responding, Governor Ganduje praised Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group for doing so much already for Kano and its people who would remain grateful forever.
He singled out the contribution of the foundation to the fight against polio, describing it as a massive intervention and that with the help of the Foundation, the State will soon be given its Polio-Free Certificate.
"We are ready to do anything to support your effort," the governor said.
He further described the group's intervention at the specialist hospital, one of the oldest in West Africa, as as massive.
The foundation has also completed the construction of seven of the 11 Primary Health Care Centers it is building in the State.
At a handover ceremony of one of the health centres at Gwale Local Government, Ms Halima Dangote said the construction of health centres in the state will cost the foundation? N72 million.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms Dangote said her father Aliko would prefer that most of his interventions are not mentioned in public for Allah's sake.
She however said the Foundation that she heads will continue to assist the poor and support overnment's efforts around the world.
Speaking also Executive Director Stakeholders Relations and Corporate Communications, Engr Mansur Ahmed said the new healthcare centre will help the communities overcome most of their simple health challenges.
The Permanent Secretary in the state's Ministry of Health Abba Kailani, expressed government's appreciation and promised to support the health care centres through staffing.
Secretary to the chairman of Gwale Local Government Shehu Haza who represented the chairman of the Council, while commending the Foundation, said Government will ensure that the health care centres are functional.