Thomas Etuh, a Nigerian fertilizer tycoon, has donated a hospital to Tula, a rural community in Gombe State, located in the country’s northeastern region.
The hospital was officially opened and commissioned by Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya during a ceremony on Monday.
Etuh constructed the hospital through the Jennifer Etuh Foundation, established in memory of his late wife, Jennifer Etuh. This hospital marks the fourth facility built by the foundation, which has previously constructed three other hospitals across Nigeria.
During the event, Governor Yahaya commended the foundation for its generous contribution, stating that it would support the government’s efforts to improve healthcare services. He encouraged other philanthropists to follow the foundation’s example in enhancing the government’s commitment to bettering the lives of citizens.
Etuh, the chairman and financier of the Jennifer Etuh Foundation, explained that the hospital was constructed to provide accessible healthcare services to the hard-to-reach village. Established in 2020, the foundation aims to offer world-class healthcare services that are available, accessible, and affordable, particularly for women and children.
Etuh mentioned that the foundation has also built similar medical centers in Odu, Kogi State (for the north-central region), Kogoro, Kaduna State (for the northwest region), and Ifewara, Osun State (for the southwest region). Additionally, the foundation has established skills acquisition centers in various geopolitical zones of the country and conducted free medical outreach programs.
Etuh expressed gratitude for the blessings and guidance of God in their lives, stating that the vision of the foundation has become a reality over the past two years. He highlighted the foundation’s interventions in education and empowerment for women and girls, providing support such as school fees and financial assistance for petty trade.
Etuh, one of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals, is the founder of TAK Group, an agro-allied company that supplies agro-inputs to Nigerian farmers and operates fertilizer blending plants throughout the country.