Former First Lady Patience Jonathan has struck a deal to release her 200-bed hotel, which was locked up by the EFCC, as COVID-19 Isolation and treatment centre.
The massive Abuja hotel, which is believed to be worth over N2 billion, is under interim forfeiture secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the court on April 30, 2018. No permanent forfeiture orders yet so the hotel still belongs to the former first lady. The former First Lady, as it was gathered, struck the deal with current First Lady Aisha Buhari, which led to her release of the hotel, under litigation, for use by the government at this critical time.
The First Lady, through her pet project, the Future Assured Program, entered into separate agreements with Mrs. Jonathan and the Ministry of Health to use the hotel as a COVID-19 treatment center. Mrs. Buhari made an offer to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, to equip it as a treatment center, up to international standards.
Although the hotel will be formally handed over to the Minister of Health today 13th of April 2020, it will be managed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) COVID-19 committee. The Future Assured Program is providing facilities like water, furniture, bedding, fittings and modern health equipment used to manage COVID-19 cases.
It was gathered that the “deal” between the First Lady and her predecessor was struck at a recent meeting by the duo at the Presidential Villa. The meeting was to help them discuss how they can play significant roles in this period.
A reliable source quoted Mrs. Jonathan as saying;
“This is the time we must all come together, irrespective of political differences, to assist this nation to fight this 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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