The centre, equipped to full capacity, was donated by 05 Initiative, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) founded by the governor’s wife, Dama Edith Okowa.
Concise News understand that this initiative was part of the activities to mark the birthday celebration of Dame Okowa.
Speaking at the commissioning, the governor harped on the need for Nigerians to make efforts at touching the lives of other less privileged Nigerians around them.
“I am glad that the 05 Initiative was founded and committed to helping one individual at a time,” he said.
“As Nigerians, if we impact on the life of one person positively, that person will go ahead to impact on the life of another person and within a short period, we will have a country where the people will be willing at all times to help one another.
“This commissioning exercise is coinciding with the birthday celebration of my wife, while I say, happy birthday to her, I am glad that every year she celebrates her birthday touching the lives of other people.”
Thanking his wife for having the vision to assist people with sickle cell disorder and assist the hopeless in the society, Okowa also thanked donors to 05 Initiative, stating that the NGO was strictly driven by donations from individuals and agencies.
Dame Okowa in her address said, “with the addition of this centre, it brings to 13 the total number of Sickle Cell Clinics established by the 05 Initiative in its relatively short history.
“The other twelve clinics are located at Ughelli, Sapele, Oleh, Kwale, Eku, Patani, Koko, Otu-Jeremi, Agbor, Orerokpe, Issele-Uku and Umunede.”