Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has donated half a billion naira to the PAMO University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) owned by former Governor Peter Odili.
Wike announced this at Obigbo, Obigbo Local Government Area where he unveiled the PUMS Teaching Hospital named after him by Peter Odili.
Speaking during the event, former Rivers Governor, Peter Odili noted that he owes its rapid growth in the advancement of medical science and healthcare in Nigeria in just five years of inception to the generous support from Rivers government under Wike in previous cash donations and yearly sponsorship of Rivers students at the first specialised medical varsity in Nigeria.
On his part, Governor Wike said his profuse support for the PUMS is derived from the value the institution holds for improved healthcare in Rivers and the founder’s commitment to serve humanity after retirement from public office.
Having finished as governor of Rivers for eight years, he (Odili) didn’t go to Abuja to stay and find any pressure group to join as formers governors forum or sundry setup.
“He said out of public office, I’m not tired of serving humanity. Serving humanity must not be by political appointment only.
“PUMS started 2018. In just five years we are talking about opening a teaching hospital. And look at the recommendations by the National Universities Commission, by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and others. What does that say, a man who is committed, has passion to see whatever he puts his hands come to fruition.”
On rumours of rift brewing between him and incoming governor, Siminialayi Fubara, Wike said, “People don’t like good thing. They like anything that will destroy.
“Having beaten them mercilessly, they have nothing else to say than say they are quarreling.”