13 February 2013

Nigeria: FG to Build N100 Billion Medical City in Abuja

A consortium has presented proposals to build Abuja Medical City, a $650 million (N100 billion) multi-hospital complex for 1,687 beds, in the heart of the federal capital.

The AMC will include seven hospital areas, facilities and residences on 121,285 square metres of land along Lugbe Road-between Abuja airport and the city, an area twice the size of the National Assembly complex and six times the National Stadium, according to consortium Ceinsa, which includes firms IBT, KMD Architects and Sucomex.

Details of the contractor-financed project were revealed in a presentation Ceinsa made to the Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu in Abuja.

Ceinsa also projects AMC could benefit more than two million Nigerians and help redirect more than $500 million dollars lost to medical tourism back into Nigeria, according to Daniel Toledano of IBT/Ceinsa.

Ceinsa chairman Dumebi Kachikwu said the contractor-financed project could be completed in 24 months and begin operations in the final six months.Chukwu said the turn-key project "fits in with the concept" of new designed city to mark the 100th anniversary of Nigeria's amalgamation. But he insisted government would be open to "competitive bidding," going by government procurement process.

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