Reference Hospital Okene Not Commissioned, Ganaja Flyover is Center Table – Dino Melaye 

The Kogi State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye has talked down on projects executed by the Governor Yahaya Bello administration in the state.

Melaye who was a guest on Channels TV’s flagship programme, “Politics Today” with Seun Okinbaloye on Tuesday, stated that the Okene Reference Hospital has not been commissioned, and described the Ganaja flyover bridge as a center table.


“As I speak to you, Governor Yahaya Bello cannot be proud of one correct project. One project he said he did is center table built in Lokoja. He called it flyover, and that is the shortest flyover in the history of the world. Once you take off on the flyover, in 30 seconds, you have descended. You cannot even call it a bridge. It’s a center table,” he said.


When asked about the Reference Hospital in Okene, Melaye said it was flagged off and not commissioned.


“That one was flagged off, not commissioned. I said it has not been commissioned.”


He challenged Channels TV to send an investigative team to verify his claims about the project.


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The Reference Hospital Okene was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 29th, 2022 in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, from where he moved to Lokoja, the state capital to commission the Ganaja Flyover.

Reference Hospital Okene
Photo credit: Oluwatosin Adeniyi/ Facebook

Following the official commissioning of the hospital, the Management of the hospital earlier this month, announced the commencement of operation.


The Management, Zenith Medicare and Kidney Center, explained that services rendered by the hospital include; laboratory investigations, radiological investigations, (x-ray, ultrasound,1.5 Tesla MRI, 65 Slice CT,), urology, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, pediatrics, nephrology (renal care dialysis), general medicine, intensive care, cardiology among several others.


Recall that the Kogi State Government entered into a concession agreement with Zenith Medicare and Kidney Center to manage the hospital.


The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman said the Reference Hospital is a tertiary medical institution fully equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide health relief to the people of the state, and reduce medical tourism in Nigeria.

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