UROMI – Following approval from the Edo State Government, renowned philanthropist, Bishop Matthew Okpebholo has commenced the construction of a N50 Million state of the art Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit at Uromi General Hospital, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state.
The approval followed both verbal and written request by the philanthropist to the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to enable him build, equip the facility with modern medical equipments within 90 days and donate same to the Edo State Government.
It would be recalled that the Bishop of Church of God Mission, Uromi, Rt. Rev. Matthew Okpebholo had seven years ago, during the administration of the immediate past governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, made similar request to the state government, but was turned down for alleged political reasons.
When The NIGERIAN OBSERVER visited the project site at General Hospital, Uromi, the building construction was already at Damp-Proof Course (DPC) level.
The sponsor of the project, Bishop Okpebbolo, who is the chairman of Ray Royal Construction Company Limited said the completion time of 90 days remained sacrosanct.
He asserted that the facility was being constructed with best quality building materials, adding that when completed, the new A&E will meet global standards.
He expressed gratitude to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki for the opportunity to touch the lives of the people of Uromi, noting that philanthropy had become a source of joy to him, because assisting humanity was pleasing to God.
He disclosed that the cost of the project seven years ago, when he first offered to sponsor it, was N24 Million, and expressed profound gratitude to God for granting him the capacity to undertake the same project even when it has increased with more than 50 per cent.
“I tell people that God is the source of my wealth. That is why it continuous to increase. There were people who were rich yesterday, but today have become poor. So I am grateful to God that I am still capable of undertaking the project even when it has increased from N24 Million to N50 Million”, he said.
Bishop Okpebhplo disclosed that the commissioning of the project would form part of activities to mark his 70th Birthday celebration.
Rt. Rev. Matthew Okpebholo has sponsored hundreds of million naira projects in both public and private tertiary institutions, such as University of Benin, (UNIBEN), Benin City, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Samuel Adegboyiga University (SAU), Ogwa, Igbinedion University (IUO), Okada, Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin City and Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi.
He has also sustained annual bursary and scholarship scheme for students in tertiary institutions for over two decades, and has instituted micro finance scheme to help widows and single parents to raise their children, with some them on monthly grant.
He is equally involved in prison mission, where he provides free legal services to inmates awaiting trials, pays fines for some and empowering those released to restart life. There free medical outreach among others.