The Hausa/Fulani Development Association in Jos North Local Government of Plateau plans to build a N250 million modern hospital in Jos, the association's patron, Alhaji Mansur Nakande, has said.

Nakande said on Wednesday in Jos that the money for the project was from individual contribution by members of the association.

“We are receiving voluntary contribution from members; some Muslims organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians outside Plateau are also contributing,’’ he said.

The patron said that a three-storey building in the central part of Jos had been secured for the project which he said would serve as a Muslim Hospital in the state.

On why the hospital became a priority, he said that members had been facing serious medical challenges, especially during ethno-religious crisis.

“Most of the medical institutions in Jos are situated within areas considered not safe for members and it is always difficult to access such facilities during any breach of peace,’’ Nakande said.

He explained that the association had already secured some medical experts that had volunteered to serve their people in different categories.?

“We have solicited the assistance of some Muslim doctors from Nigeria and outside.

“We have also selected professionals that will serve in the governing board of the hospital in order to avoid mismanagement of the medical facility,’’ the patron said.

Nakande said that modern medical equipment would be installed in the hospitals in order to provide competent services for the people of the area and environs.

The patron urged members to see the project as their property and contribute toward its success.

He also spoke on the large-scale poverty among members of the association and said that the body had established skills acquisition centres to train youths on some trades to engage them positively.

“We are also mobilising youths to combine Western and Islamic education because they need both to fully contribute to national growth and development,’’ he said.?