FG to Invest $200m in Pharmaceutical Infrastructure

July 29, 2021
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has revealed plans by the federal government to invest $200 million in pharmaceutical infrastructure.

This closure was made by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NSIA, Mr Uche Orji, on Thursday, July 29 during the weekly briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The NSIA boss said that the funds will be used to execute about 20 projects in the health sector under the Health Intervention Initiative.

According to him, the pharmaceutical infrastructure which includes the manufacture of essential drugs, vaccines and construction of cancer centres in the nation’s health care will be embarked upon to discontinue huge dependence on foreign logistics.

Mr Orji equally revealed that the NSIA will manage a tolling system on major highways across the country including the ongoing Lagos/Ibadan express road when concessions arrangements are perfected.

He explained that the new arrangement is to enable the government to get appropriate value for investments made on road projects.

Addressing a range of issues, the NSIA boss warned that fertilizer racketeering will no longer be tolerated.

“In line with the President’s directive, anyone found culpable would be immediately apprehended and investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” Mr Orji said.

He also affirmed that the total contract sum for the Lagos Ibadan expressway amounted to N311 billion, while phase one of the second Niger bridge and the Abuja – Kano Project will be completed by July 2022.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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