The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Niger State Council, Comrade Abu Nmodu, has expressed sadness over the death of the State Correspondent of the Nigerian Pilot Newspaper, Elder Hameed Salawu, who died yesterday.
In his condolence message on behalf of the Union, Comrade Abu Nmodu said the entire membership received with shock the news of the demise of one of the finest, most gentle, hardworking, and God-fearing journalists.
He said the late Hameed Salawu can best be described as an arbiter, mentor, easygoing, and an individual who epitomises peace, justice, and a rallying point between the leadership and entire members of the union.
The chairman said the deceased will be greatly missed for his wise counselling, conflict resolution strategies, high sense of professionalism in his daily reportage, and devotion to Islamic tenets.
Comrade Abu Nmodu noted that, though the Union was pained by the death of Elder Hameed Salawu, he is consoled that the deceased had lived a just life worthy of emulation, not only by his immediate family but among members of the union.
He recalled the fatherly role played by the deceased in the peaceful election that brought the present leadership of the Union to power, adding that he would continue to be remembered for his mature and professional contributions during our congresses.
The council chairman assured that the union would not allow the legacies of the deceased to go in vain, as the leadership would continue to utilise the knowledge acquired from him as a father and professional colleague.
He specifically commiserated with the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Mustapha Yakubu Bina, and the entire members of the Chapel for the great loss.
He urged them not to allow the attributes of Late Elder Hameed Salawu to fade but to always imbibe the spirit of truth, sincerity, honesty, and love that he stood for in both their private and public lives.
Comrade Abu Nmodu then prayed to Allah to forgive the deceased's sins and grant him, Aljanatu Firdausi, and the family, as well as the Correspondents Chapel, the courage to bear the irreparable loss.
In a significant development for the healthcare sector in Niger State, Thinklab Development Company has been awarded the contract for the conversion of Shiroro Hotel to IBB University Teaching Hospital Minna.
The formal contract signing ceremony took place yesterday at the Niger State Government House, Minna, in the presence of Governor Umaru Mohammed Bago.
The event marks a major milestone in the project's progress, with the governor commending all the companies involved for their dedication to excellence.
The conversion of Shiroro Hotel into a state-of-the-art teaching hospital is a crucial step towards enhancing healthcare infrastructure and services in Niger State.
The project aims to expand and upgrade existing structures, construct new buildings, and provide cutting-edge medical facilities to cater to the needs of the people, according to a statement from the contracting firm.
Thinklab Development Company, led by its Managing Director, Dr. Sa'id Kori, has been entrusted with the execution of Lot 1, which involves the expansion, refurbishment, and upgrading of existing structures as well as the construction of new buildings.
With a total cost of 13 billion naira, Thinklab Development Company has a proven track record of delivering high-quality construction projects within specified timelines and budgets.
Governor Umar Bago expressed his confidence in the company's capabilities and highlighted Dr. Sa'id Kori's commitment to ensuring exceptional quality and swift site activity upon site handover.
In addition to Thinklab Development Company, Fulus Group was awarded the contract for Lot 2, which focuses on infrastructure and external works to enhance the functionality and connections of the hospital. The total cost for Lot 2 is estimated at 1.75 billion naira.
Thinklab Energy, on the other hand, secured the contract for Lot 3, which involves the supply of essential equipment, installation, and commissioning. Lot 3 is valued at N3.87 billion.
Governor Umaru Bago commended all the companies involved for their expertise and dedication to excellence.
He emphasised that their contributions would significantly improve healthcare services in Niger State and expressed his gratitude for their commitment to the project.
The governor also praised Dr. Sa'id Kori and Thinklab Development Company for their assurance of delivering top-notch quality and swift site activities upon site handover.
The conversion of Shiroro Hotel to IBB University Teaching Hospital Minna holds tremendous promise for the people of Niger State.
Once completed, the hospital will provide advanced medical facilities, specialised services, and training opportunities for medical professionals.
It will play a vital role in improving healthcare accessibility and quality, creating employment opportunities, and driving economic growth in the state.
The formal contract signing ceremony signifies a major milestone in the realisation of this ambitious project, with Thinklab Development Company at the helm.
Under the leadership of Dr. Sa'id Kori, the company's commitment to excellence, assurance for quality, and swift site activity upon site handover set the stage for the successful conversion of Shiroro Hotel into a world-class teaching hospital.