Abuja Property Development Company (APDC) says it will build standard hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to reduce the number of Nigerians travelling overseas for medical tourism.
The Managing Director of APDC, Alhaji Lawal Magaji, said this at an interactive session with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
He stressed that the establishment of first-rate hospitals would definitely stem the current tide of medical tourism undertaken by Nigerians.
He also said that the company would collaborate with the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) to develop four district hospitals at Wuye, Lokongoma, Galadima and Lugbe districts to boost the provision of healthcare delivery to the residents.
Besides, Magaji attributed the high cost of buildings in the nation’s capital to the rising cost of building materials, particularly the cost of finishing materials, which had to be imported.
He, however, said that the company was already working with some groups to proffer solutions to the high cost of building constructions, by providing locally made building materials.
He also said that the company would liaise with some foreign building materials production companies to come and establish building materials plants in the country.
“This would go a long way in supporting the government’s efforts to bring down the cost of houses.
“We also have the intention of go into social housing, so that the costs of these houses are brought down. We are also doing research on how to build houses for low-income earners.
“It is something we have to do because low-income earners are also Nigerians.
“We are working to ensure that we take care of all Nigerians, irrespective of their status, in order to provide affordable housing for them,” he said.