Patience Jonathan releases N2bn Abuja hotel as isolation centre


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Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan has released her Abuja hotel valued at N2 billion to be used as an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients.

It was learnt that the hotel, which is presently under an interim forfeiture order since April 2018, was released after incumbent First Lady, Aisha Buhari struck a deal with her predecessor at the Presidential Villa recently.

Aisha Buhari through her pet project,  the Future Assured Programme, reportedly entered into separate agreements with Mrs Jonathan and the Ministry of Health to convert the hotel to a 200-bed isolation centre.

The First Lady was said to have made an offer to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire to equip the hotel as an international standard-treatment centre.

Some of the facilities Mrs Buhari’s pet project is expected to provide are water, furniture, beddings, fittings and modern health equipment used to manage COVID-19 cases.

The hotel is expected to be handed over to the ministry on Monday to be managed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) COVID-19 committee.

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The Nation quoted a source close to Mrs Jonathan as saying, “This is the time we must all come together, irrespective of political differences, to assist this nation to fight the pandemic. It is a time to shun politics.

“I will do everything to help this great country that has also given me the opportunity to serve.”

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