The University of Abuja Teaching hospital now has a right of occupancy over the piece of land she currently occupies.

Breaking the news at a meeting with leaders of unions and associations in the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Bissallah Ekele said this had given the hospital legitimacy over the land and would speed up growth and development. “More importantly, this would end illegal occupancy and encroachment by land speculators and their collaborators,” the Chief Medical Director added.

Professor Ekele disclosed that the Top Management Committee had gone ahead to plant ornamental trees at the extremes of the land as the hospital’s sign of authority over the yet to be developed part of the land in-lieu of perimeter fencing. The Chief Medical Director commended Architect Yakubu A. Edicha of the Procurement Unit and the Honorable Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammed Bello for their role in securing the right of occupancy for the hospital’s land.

Leaders of the unions and associations commended the Chief Medical Director and members of the Top Management Committee for the feat. The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital was handed over to the Federal Ministry of Health in August, 1993 by the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, without the right of occupancy.

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