Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, said he met just five functional ambulances serving the entire state when he assumed office in May 2019.
However, the governor said he had procured 12 additional ambulances, saying he “placed high premium and value on the Health and Emergency Response as an important sector in the state.”
Abiodun made it known that his administration was aiming towards making one ambulance available in each of the 26 state constituencies in Ogun.
The governor spoke on Tuesday while playing host to the Governing Board of the National Youth Service Scheme Governing Board (NYSC), led by its Chairman, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, in his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.
According to him, the state government recently launched its 24-hour ambulance response service across the state, noting that it would avail Ogun residents the opportunity to call emergency numbers and get responses on time.
“The issue of Health and Emergency Response is an important sector to us. When this administration came into office, I think we had about five ambulances, today, we have seventeen ambulances, but we are not even there yet. I demanded the commitment of a few of our public private sector partners and I believe that between now and the next thirty days, we should have about thirty ambulances in the state.
“Our plan is to ensure that each state constituency has one ambulance and we have twenty-six of such state constituencies and then we now have others that will be servicing tertiary hospitals. We have just launched our 24 hours ambulance response service across the state, at any point in time, you can call our emergency number and you get our emergency response,” the governor said.
Abiodun, who commended the NYSC for ensuring national cohesion and for exposing youths in the country to the diversity of the country, stated that the scheme had helped students in meeting fellow youths from other parts of the nation.
While promising to support the NYSC and see to the welfare of corps members in the state, the governor said he had directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to accommodate every corps member posted to them.
Earlier, the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board, Abubakar, commended the Ogun State Government for making the NYSC Orientation Camp in the state the best in the country.
She maintained that since it came on board, the Dapo Abiodun-led administration had shown total commitment towards the success of the scheme in the state through the restoration of electricity to the NYSC State Secretariat after years of neglect, as well as the constant rehabilitation of the camp.